Don't Miss the Mandala Sand Painting at Crow Collection This Week

Categories: Visual Art


On Saturday at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery ceremoniously marked the beginning of their creation of a mandala. This is part of a national tour they take regularly, introducing average Americans to the Mystical Arts of Tibet. Through Saturday, they will carefully brush millions of grains of sand into a colorful pattern at the center of the gallery. This process requires unrelenting patience and a steady hand, to create this intricate sand painting. At the end of the week, the monks will sweep the sand into White Rock Lake in a consecrated ceremony.

During their week-long residency in each city, the monks blend marketing and religion by attending local hotspots or sporting events. This week, the monks have been enjoying the beautiful weather at Klyde Warren Park, the Frisco Roughriders and FC Dallas. They also host a number of events at the Crow galleries, which are free and open to the public. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. any day this week to see the progress on the sand painting. They'll whisk it into White Rock Lake after 3 p.m. Saturday.

Crow Collection
Saturday, blessing of the sand

Gadi Elkon


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