Sand Mandala 2018: Echoes of the Sacred

Sand Mandala 2018: Echoes of the Sacred

Categories: Fundraising Activities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts | Intended for

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - Saturday, October 13, 2018

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Add to calendar

Location Details

Jean Piggott Place, Ottawa City Hall 110 Laurier Ave W, Ottawa, ON K1P 1J1

Contact Information

Andrea Lorient, 613-791-7376,


No registration required.



About this Event

Host Organization: Ottawa Palyul Buddhist Centre
More Information: Please click here for additional details.

SAND MANDALA OPENING CEREMONY Thursday Oct. 11, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Will include: Tibetan cultural dances sponsored by the Tibetan Community Association of Ottawa and a public talk on the meaning and use of the sand mandala by Ven. Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.

At the centre of this three-day cultural event profiling the sacred arts of Tibet will be the creation of a delicate mandala image made with grains of coloured sand, executed with perfect precision by the monks of the Palyul tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. After three days of painstaking work to produce the shimmering mirage of the mandala, it is then carefully returned to its original state of flowing sand, like a rainbow dissolving into light and vapour – the entire process a symbol of the Buddhist view of the impermanence of ephemeral phenomena, coming into being and passing away. From Thursday to Saturday, the creation of the sand mandala will be on public display at Ottawa City Hall.

DISSOLUTION OF SAND MANDALA Saturday Oct. 13, 4:30 p.m.
For a donation, participants receive a portion of the sand. The remainder will be poured into the Ottawa River as a blessing for the environment.