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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.
Next, they begin to draw the geometric patterns.
Next, they will begin to pour the sand.
They will work on the Mandala for hours on end, and for three entire days.
The Mandala is about to be finished.
It is now complete, and breathtaking.
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.