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Vajrasattva Mandala Opening Ceremony
August 30, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm UTC-6
What’s a mandala?
Mandala means literally “that which extracts the essence.” Each sand mandala represents the architectural layout of the entire palace of a specific deity. The ones on the monks’ tour will be two‑dimensional sand mandalas. These are without doubt the most creative, labor‑intensive, and concentration‑intensive of all mandalas created. The ones provided on the tour will require between 75 and 125 hours of effort, completed by several monks at a time.The sand is applied very precisely by the gentle tapping of a sand‑filled metal cone that has had its tip removed. The Master must be the first to initiate the mandala, and does so by being the first to pour the sand.
In Tibetan Buddhism, Vajrasattva is a diety who represents purification. He clears spiritual impurities and releases negative karmic forces. This allows clears the path to reaching enlightenment.
What is the Vajrasattva Mantra?
Short Transliteration: oṃ va jra sa ttva hūṃ