Touch The Mind
The creation of The Chenrezig Sand Mandala
Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th December
With the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Sera Mey Monastery
Join us at the Crystal Castle & Shambhala Gardens from Wednesday 4th December as we welcome back the monks from the Sera Mey Monastery for the creation of the Chenrezig (Sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara) sand mandala.
Join the monks each day until Sunday 15th December at 10.30am for meditation and to hear their beautiful chanting. Then watch the amazing creation of the sand mandala daily from 11am. Each afternoon at 3.10pm the Monks will lead our daily Peace Experience with a meditation followed by the sacred Kora walk around the World Peace Stupa.
Chenrezig (Sanskrit: Avalokiteshvara)
The Chenrezig sand mandala will be the second created, from Monday 9th to Sunday 15th December.
Avalokiteshvara, or Chenrezig as he is known in Tibetan, is the Buddhist deity who personifies the ideal of compassion. The purpose of creating this mandala is to encourage everyone of us to generate a compassionate heart for the benefit of all beings.
In general, the mandala shows a method of bringing peace and harmony into our world, through genuine practices of the Mind of Great Compassion, the Wisdom of Emptiness, and the Meditations of Mandala with their respective deities. We can generate the respective qualities as mentioned and thereby bring about a positive change in this world of ours.
Special performances will be held on Saturday 7th and Saturday 14th December at 1pm on both days.
A traditional Tibetan performance will be given; chanting and cham dancing with beautiful handmade costumes made by the monks themselves.
The performance is being offered by the monks with the hope to raise funds for their cause and to assist the building projects at the Sera Mey Monastery. Please offer a donation for the monks at the performance.
Click here for the daily program
Afte the sand mandala is finished you are invited to join us and the monks for a dissolution ceremony and to collectively pray for peace and harmony in the world. This is an amazing opportunity to be a part of an ancient ritual!
DissolutionTo remind us that life is an ever-changing cycle the millions of grains of colourful sand are dismantled to demonstrate the truth of impermanence in this world. The sand mandala grains will then be dispersed into the waters of the Buddha pond, which will then fill the waterways, the oceans & thus spread around the planet.
The Crystal Castle is delighted to have the monks here in order to support the Sera Mey Monastery and to help preserve Tibetan culture. With thanks to Geshe La Ngawang Gedun from Yerpa House; founder, teacher and director of the Australia Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Uki , who are the sponsors of the Yerpa Monks Tours.
This event will raise funds for the new Prayer facilities at Sera Mey Monastery. For more information about the Australia Tibetan Buddhist Centre please visit australiantibetanbuddhistcentre.org.au
Creating sand mandalas ... Click here
Sera Mey Monastery ... Click here
Tibetan monks at Yerpa House - Sera Mey Monastery in southern India.