The Mandala Project at the Hammer Museum: One to see, and a first at that

Ari Bhöd, in partnership with U.C.L.A.’s Hammer Museum, is pleased to present The Mandala Project. This two-week program, starting Oct 26th, will feature the first public viewing of the three-dimensional Zangdok Palri Mandala.

Zangdok Palri is a highly symbolic and intricately detailed mandala representing the enlightened qualities of Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to Tibet in the ninth century. Simultaneously, The Mandala Project is featuring the construction of a Tibetan sand mandala by a team of traditionally trained lamas visiting Los Angeles from the Thubten Choeling Monastery in Nepal. More details after the jump.

The mandala the lamas will create is to follow precise and ancient instructions passed down over hundreds of years, and its creation is itself considered a form of meditation in action. Millions of grains of colored sand will be sprinkled carefully on a flat surface over an elaborate 10-day ceremony until the mandala is complete on November 6.

A 3-D Zangdok Palri Mandala has never before been created and exhibited in the United States.

For information about visiting — several events are planned around the exhibit –  call 310-443-7000 or visit www.hammer.ucla.edu. Hours at the Hammer Museum are as follows:

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 11am – 7pm; Thursday, 11am – 9 pm; Sunday, 11am – 5 pm; closed Mondays, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.