formal portrait photo of Geshe Lobsang Dorji

Green Tara Sand Mandala with Geshe Lobsang Dorji and Monks from Sera Jey Foundation

Beginning on October 15, 2019, Geshe Lobsang Dorji and monks from Sera Jey Foundation in India will create a Green Tara sand mandala at Do Nga Dargey Temple of Lion’s Roar Dharma Center in Sacramento, California.

The creation of the Green Tara sand mandala will happen in Do Nga Dargey Temple and span the dates from Tuesday, October 15 through Sunday, October 20, 2019. At the time of this writing, the schedule is as follows. Before attending any of the events associated with the Green Tara sand mandala, please check our calendar for up-to-date information:

Green Tara Sand Mandala Schedule (all dates are 2019)

All are invited to view the creation of the Mandala, receive the blessings, and attend the meditation session and teachings.

10/15 3:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m. Opening Ceremony

10/16 10:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.  Creating the Sand Mandala.

10/17 10:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m. Creating the Sand Mandala.

10/18 10:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.  Creating the Sand Mandala.

7:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.   Guided Meditation.

10/19 10:00 a.m. — 6:00 p.m. Creating the Sand Mandala.

6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.   Geshe Lobsang Dorji will give teachings on Seven Limb Prayers of Green Tara.

10/20 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. Creating the Sand Mandala.

12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.  Arya Tara Puja.

2:00 p.m.  Offering the precious sand of the Mandala to the river for nagas.

About the Green Tara Sand Mandala

In Buddhist Tantra, a mandala is the interdependent complex of the entire universe with a palace occupied by a Tantric Deity in the center. In other words, contrary to the general concept of a mandala in the west, a Tantric Buddhist mandala is the entire universe represented as the interdependent manifestation of a Sambhogakaya Buddha. There are many ways in which mandalas are constructed to indicate this phenomenon, from the most familiar versions consisting of a painting of geometric patterns all the way up to spectacular, life-sized (and larger than life-sized) 3-dimensional sculptural representations of the structures and inhabitants of the mandala.

In this case, we have a Green Tara sand mandala.  A sand mandala is not quite three-dimensional but is also not simply two-dimensional. Also, painted and sculptural mandalas are often kept intact for the life of the materials that bind them together, while a sand mandala is typically dissolved not long after it is completed. Additionally, the creation of sand mandalas are typically public, while other mandala representations tend to be created in private

A sand mandala is a special type of mandala that embodies a meditative and imaginative creation of the Deity, palace, and universe. Little by little, almost grain by grain, an essentialized image of the mandala is brought into direct contact with the senses and mindstreams of all who encounter it. As the creation process proceeds, one’s awareness of the presence of Green Tara is continuously refined and intensified until, upon completion of the image, the presence of Green Tara is manifest and we pray to and meditate on her.

At the conclusion of the multi-day meditative construction, the sand mandala representation of the meditative universe is dissolved. Simultaneously, our imaginative meditative encounter with the Sambhogakaya Green Tara dissolves into the vast expanse of the Dharmakaya and the nature of one’s own mind is revealed.

All are welcome to join us on this journey.

There is no charge. Donations are gratefully accepted.