Sand Mandala

Seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from Labrang Tashi-Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India will construct a peace sand mandala at the University of Notre Dame from November 18-21. 

The painting with colored sands is considered the most unique and exquisite of all artistic traditions of Buddhism. This Tibetan art form is called dul-tson-kuyil-khor, which means “mandala of colored powders.” The sand mandala represents many things, including the cycle of life – creation, beauty of existence and its impermanence, and finally, the return to the natural world for creation again.

The campus and local communities are invited to stop by the Jordan Hall of Science Reading Room to watch the creation of the sand mandala. The monks will work from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.  The construction of the mandala will also be streamed live on this webpage.

Construction of a sand mandala
Peace sand mandala


Creation of a sand mandala
Millions of grains of sand are added to the mandala


The Tibetan Buddhist monks
The Tibetan Buddhist monks