The Western Gallery is temporarily closed to the public.
Programs and events have been canceled or postponed until further notice.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery as soon as we can.

Please enjoy our virtual exhibitions.

The Art of Tibet: Sand Mandala

May 14 through May 19, 2000

Visitors are invited to watch the daily development of a mandala in sand created by Tibetan monks and experience the interrelation of the arts in their spiritual quest. Mandala is a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. Of all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala.