Three lamas from the Drikung Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism visited Randolph College the week of September 13 to create a traditional sand mandala in the south wing of Lipscomb Library.
From Monday, the three lamas spent each day meticulously arranging colored sand into a mandala depicting Vasudhara, a Buddhist. goddess of wealth, prosperity, spiritual wealth and wisdom, and his four male attendants.
According to a press release from Randolph College, the design of the mandala is rare because it is very rare to have a female deity surrounded by male deities. The mandala is an artistic representation of the divine world of Buddha, intended to consecrate the earth and heal its inhabitants.
To create the mandala, the llamas used traditional tools called chak-pure, which are metal funnels with ridges on the sides that rub together and produce a precise flow of sand. This allows the llamas to create intricate designs in the mandala.
Once the mandala was completed, a ritualistic dismantling of the mandala took place on Saturday. This prayer-filled ceremony included brushing the mandala into a pile and distributing it to the participants to harness the spiritual properties of the sand.