The Making of the Yamantaka Mandala...
Between July and November 1996, Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed the dramatically powerful Yamantaka Sand Mandala. By gently tapping handmade copper funnels, each monk drew a slow stream of brightly colored grains of marble dust onto a sacred design five feet in diameter. At the close of the exhibition, a dismantling ceremony was conducted during which the colored grains were regathered and dispersed into a nearby lake. It is believed that this ritual releases the special blessing of the Mandala into the water cycle, spreading the blessing throughout the region.