For four days straight in April, seven Tibetan monks bent over a table in Old Chapel to create a mandala from millions of colored grains of sand. After consecrating the area, the monks, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, worked for 10 hours a day to bring forth the full image. They first created a grid work and then painstakingly added the intricate, multicolored design.
The soft sound of sand falling was the only noise as the chapel became an “oasis,” in the words of Ranjanaa Devi, director of the Asian Arts and Culture Program of the Fine Arts Center, which presented the project. The process was open to the public to observe and meditate, a welcome end-of-semester respite.
After being swept up, a portion of the sand was dispersed into the Campus Pond.