Tibetan sand mandalas are carefully, lovingly created by hand and then destroyed to show the impermanence of all things. I was fortunate to view a mandala being created in Whakatane, New Zealand by visiting Tibetan Monks.
The Buddhist monks create sand works like this one as a form of meditation, drizzling the sand out from small metal funnels. The image incorporates icons that include geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols. A ceremony celebrated the completion of