Drepung Loseling Monastery was the home of the early Dalai Lamas
and was founded in 1416 in order to collect and transmit the ancient
Buddhist arts and sciences.
sand painting is just one part of their world tour which also includes
or not the bustling lobby of Manchester Town Hall was the ideal
place to locate the intricately peaceful and tastefully colourful
artwork isn't really worth debating, but having to fight my way
through a crowd of wedding guests did seem to take the edge off
what I was expecting to be a tranquil experience.
the sight of the sand art and the realisation of how much concentration
and skill had gone into producing left me a little in awe of the
by the time most of you will be reading this the sand painting will
be gone, removed by the monks in a special closing ceremony.
The Monks gather for the closing ceremony
The sand is carefully brushed to the centre