In Australia, Tibetan monks living in exile create an exquisite sand mandala - the Yamantaka mandala - at Bondi pavilion in Sydney, December 2008.
The centre blue represents nirvana, the surround colors represent cardinal directions white=north, red=south, yellow=east, green=west.
The metal tube-funnels are the chak-pur, tools use to apply the fine coloured sands.
The entire mandala is created from memory.
The tiny mound of blue sand in the centre has been placed by the senior lama after a brief ceremony to initiate the space and commence the mandala - the younger monks will spend the next ten days creating it, after which it will be ritually swept up and the sands taken into the nearby Pacific ocean at Bondi beach.
The centre square is deep blue, representing nirvana. It will be adorned with the emblem of the vajra thunderbolt, symbol of the absolute.
© Courtesy of nimpitja
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