Sand mandala at USC Pacific Asia Museum: People watch monks work

Visitors watch and take pictures as monks work on the mandala. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)


For sand mandala at USC Pacific Asia Museum, symbolic beauty is fleeting

Monks visiting the Pasadena museum create a striking piece — and in a flash, it’s gone. See the photos.

January 30, 2024 By USC News staff

The USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena hosted Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India last week. The monks spent four days creating a sand mandala, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition that involves the creation and destruction of art made of colored sand. Once completed, the mandala is dismantled as a symbol of the Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of material life.