Friday, April 8, 2011

Sand Mandala With Lama Losang Samten

Sand Mandala, 
or painting with sand,
originated in India 2500 years ago.

The sand mandala is a design based on
ancient texts and is usually done as
part of a religious ceremony or initiation.

Lama Losang Samten is one of only 30 people
in the world who is qualified to
teach and demonstrate this spiritual art.

At the completion of his work,
the sand mandala will be destroyed
to symbolize the transitory nature of life.

This sand mandala will be destroyed on
Sunday, April 10.
I do not think I could bring myself to watch it!

Submitted to FMTSO
for the theme of
circles, triangles and squares - all
found in the mandala design.

Information from

All my photos from this event
can be viewed here.


Suburban Girl said...

Ooops, I just read the rules for this FMTSO after I posted my link. I broke all the rules! Ha! Sorry, I just got the 3 shapes.

Well, you know they say Rules are made to be broken, right?

Kathy said...

It's okay. I still enjoyed learning about this ancient art. Certain Native American tribes also have used sand paintings to depict spiritual/religious subjects. Isn't it interesting that Native Americans and Tibetans probably had no link but used the same art form.

Sarah Sullivan said...

Oh oh oh those are beautiful hon..and the photos are stunning!WOW! Perfect for the theme. And..seriously what is the point if ya don't break the rules now and again!! Shhhhhhh..I did too..don't tell!
Hugs hon, Sarah

~JarieLyn~ said...

Beautiful and stunning pictures, nonetheless. Very informative and interesting post. Love all of yoru photos.

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful. I'm with you, I could not watch it be destroyed.

GingerV said...

really beautiful art and text. loved it.

GingerV said...

we started out with NO Rules and us old timers can't seem to break out of our mold.

Pauline said...

A delightful way to capture the shapes! Beautiful photos and enlightening text. Thanks.

EG CameraGirl said...

OH! I really like the sand mandala. The artist has to be have tons of patience!

Jama said...

It's so beautiful!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

I thought the Indian kids and women who make their sand drawing, it was beautiful. Didn't know there are experts.

Kerry said...

I love sand mandalas and have done them with kids in my classes; we don't destroy them though. The destruction part is the most fascinating thing, however, with its lesson of letting things go.

Beautiful pictures.

In the eye of the beholder said...

Don't feel bad I broke the rules too. Great find on all the shapes Very Beautiful work he does.

amatamari© said...

Thanks, thanks and thanks again for this splendid series!

Tashi delek!