Monks Make Mandala at World Museum Liverpool

Monks make mandala at World Museum Liverpool

Tibetan Buddhist monks are creating an intricate sand painting, called a mandala at World Museum Liverpool from Monday 2 July to Saturday 7 July 2007.

The spiritual artwork is a complex image made with striking results from millions of grains of coloured sand. Colourful and evocative, the mandala’s design is based on geometric patterns that feature wonderful details with specific symbolic meaning.

The image being produced at World Museum Liverpool will depict a celestial mansion of the Buddhist deities.

Mandalas are made using small tubes, funnels, and scrapers to position the coloured sand. Monks use the heightened state of concentration required to produce a mandala as an aid to meditation.

Once complete the mandala is destroyed and dispersed to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists.


The creation and destruction of the mandala at World Museum Liverpool is a unique opportunity for visitors to follow the painstaking process, from beginning to end.

Free events:
Mandala dedication ceremony
The traditional ceremony takes place in the museum’s Treasure House Theatre
Monday 2 July 2007 1015 hours

Viewing of the Mandala construction
Visitors can hear a short explanatory talk and observe the fascinating construction process of the mandala on Monday 2 July – Friday 6 July 2007 at 1400 hours and 1500 hours each day.

Gallery talks by Emma Martin, curator of Asian collections
Liverpool & Tibet: What’s the Connection?
Tuesday 3 July 2007
1300 hours

Tibetan Thangka Painting
Wednesday 4 July 2007
1300 hours

The Snow Lion, the Dragon & the Bulldog
Thursday 5 July 2007
1300 hours

Destruction of the mandala ceremony
The destruction of the mandala is an important symbolic act to reflect the impermanence of life and to advise against attachment to worldly goods.
Saturday 07 July 2007 1015 hours

World Museum Liverpool