Please note: This camera is in operation between the 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The Tibetan sand mandala is a balanced, geometric composition designed to guide individuals along the path to enlightenment as they gain wisdom and compassion. It also transmits positive energies to the environment and to people. Monks meditating upon it imagine it as a three-dimensional palace, inhabited by forces that embody philosophical views and teachings. Monks begin construction by consecrating the site with sacred chants and music. Next, they make a detailed drawing, then over days fill in the design with grains of colored sand. When it is completed, the mandala is consecrated, then swept apart, reflecting the impermanent nature of existence. The sands are then dispersed in flowing water.

Thanks to Tom Westheimer and Peter Hipson for their work to make the MandalaCam a reality!