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Sand mandala painting video, September 16, 2006, January 14, 2020

 File — Box: 10, Item: DVD 11-6-1392-150-BD
Identifier: B

Scope and Contents

Contains digital video of the creation of a sand mandala painting by ten Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery. The mandala is created from September 16-19, 2006 in the Center for the Arts in honor of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama's visit to the University at Buffalo.

Video begins with the Consecration Ceremony on September 16, 2007. Introduction to the Consecration Ceremony by the Associate Director of the Center for the Arts (00:00), followed by remarks by the director of the University at Buffalo Galleries, Sandra Olsen (01:25). Introductions followed by the entering of the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, with an explanation on the stages in the creation of the mandala by monk Tuthan Chosong (04:00). Examine the site for the mandala, obtain permission from local authority to construct the mandala, meditations, dance, bless the site with chanting. Drawing the site of the mandala. Pour sand within the drawn lines over a couple of days’ time. The ceremony begins with an instrumental performance, chanting, singing (09:00), followed by a dance (29:30). Following the Consecration Ceremony, a video time lapse shows the monks drawing the lines and pouring the sand to create the mandala over a couple of days (34:30). The finished mandala is visible at the end of the time lapse (36:30). Ceremony is closed on September 19, 2007 with an instrumental performance, chanting, and singing (36:45), and the mandala begins to be wiped away (46:15). Video ends (49:59).


  • September 16, 2006
  • Migrated: January 14, 2020


Conditions Governing Access

The sand mandala painting video, September 16-19, 2006 may only be accessed onsite within the library at this time.


0.452 Gigabytes (1 file (0:49:59 hours))

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Originals

DVD 11-6-1392-150-BD

Processing Information

Digital files created by William Regan and the Office of Special Events were transferred to the University Archives on various types of storage media including compact discs and digital optical discs. Where possible, digital content saved on storage media was migrated from the storage media, normalized to standard preservation and access formats, and transferred to a stable preservation environment following the University Libraries' Digital Preservation guidelines. Some folder titles and file titles were altered to assist researchers in locating and identifying digital content.

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