In this 11-minute podcast interview, BCB host Channie Peters talks with Marissa Cleveland, Events Manager for the BI Museum of Art (BIMA), and Bob Ruch who is hosting a group of Tibetan monks on Bainbridge Island. They talk about this unique opportunity for the art museum to offer the extraordinary experience of witnessing the creation of a sand mandala to museum visitors. Marissa explains how this is a perfect fit with the theme of the museum’s current show: Journeys.
Mandala is the sanskrit word for circle. The sand mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. In Tibetan Buddhism, intricate, colorful mandalas containing many Buddhist symbols are used as objects for meditation practice.The sand mandala is one of the most elaborate, intricate, exquisite art forms, typically created by highly trained Tibetan monks. And after the sand mandala has been created, there is a formal ceremony of blessings, the sand is swept