Last weekend, Hacienda Tres Rios, Resort, Spa & Nature Park hosted an unprecedented event, the First Mayan/Tibetan Cultural Encounter. The event consisted of many different cultural activities from both of these ancient civilizations, but one of the most amazing was the construction of the Mandala. The word Mandala means "the center and its surroundings". A Mandala may be used as a spiritual teaching tool, for establishing sacred space and as an aid to meditation and trance induction. Tibetan monks create the Mandala by first drawing a precise geometric pattern with compasses and then pouring different colored sand in extremely intricate patterns. The Mandala the monks are constructing here is a Green Tara Mandala.

First, the monks conduct a ceremony to mark the beginning of the making of the Mandala.

alter Dali Lama

Mandala opening ceremony

Mandala opening ceremony

Next, they begin to draw the geometric patterns.

Mandala geometric pattern

Mandala geometric pattern

Mandala geometric pattern

Next, they will begin to pour the sand.

Mandala colored sand

Mandala process

Mandala process

Mandala process

They will work on the Mandala for hours on end, and for three entire days.

Mandala process

Mandala process

Mandala process

The Mandala is about to be finished.

Mandala process

It is now complete, and breathtaking.

completed Mandala

To teach a lesson in impermanence, the Tibetan monks then destroy the Mandala they worked 3 days to complete.

After the Mandala was destroyed during the closing ceremonies of the First Mayan/Tibetan Cultural Encounter, two rainbows appeared over the Caribbean Sea in front of the resort. Yes, really.

Tibetan monks Hacienda Tres Rios

rainbow Hacienda Tres Rios

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Is an American expat who has been living in Cancun, Mexico since 2001. A mother, singer, salsa dancer and now writer and community manager, she has worked in many different industries but is currently enjoying exploring the Yucatan Peninsula and sharing her expertise and experience with readers around the world. Follow Kristin on Twitter

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