VIDEO: Creating a Sand Mandala
Marblehead residents made their way to the King Hooper Mansion last weekend to witness the creation of a Tibetan Sand Mandala.
Grain by grain, a Tibetan Sand Mandala took shape at the King Hooper Mansion last weekend.
In an event hosted by the Marblehead Arts Association, Geshe Gendun Gyatso, a Tibetan Monk and trained Mandala master, spent four days crafting an intricate sand painting dedicated to world peace.
Layers of gem-colored sand were placed on a four-foot circle and were "infused with prayers and meditation, to form a breathtakingly beautiful symbolic design of the universe," according to a release issued by the association.
Gyatso’s goals in creating mandalas are "to inform and enlighten people to the path of achieving happiness and inner peace through the simplicity of existence, how to defeat day to day anxiety, insecurity, anger and discouragement," according to the association's website.
On Sunday afternoon, the Sand Mandala was ritually swept-up and carried in procession to the ocean, where it was ceremoniously poured into the Atlantic.