USC Pacific Asia Museum is proud to host Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery. They will spend one week creating a Sand Mandala, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition that involves the creation and destruction of paintings made from colored sand. Once completed, it is ritualistically dismantled to symbolize the Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of material life.
The opening blessing ceremony will take place on Sunday, January 20 at 12:00pm and the closing dissolution ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 26 at 12:00pm.
Museum visitors will be able to observe the creation of the mandala during regular public open hours.