Mandala Sand Painting Closing Ceremony

The Rinpoche prepares for the closing ceremony.
Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor of the impermanence of life.
The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony.
The remainder is carried to a nearby body of water. Here, the procession leaves the Performing Arts Center headed for the Pacific Ocean.
In a ceremony by the sea, the monks recite prayers requesting the ocean to accept the blessing of the colored sands.
The ocean now receives the healing blessing from the sand, and will spread it throughout the world for planetary healing.

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