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Sand Mandala Brochure (English)

A mandala is
a representation of the Buddhist view of the universe.
These cosmograms provide a visual framework for establishing deep sensations of peace, happiness, and inner calm, and they represent all areas of existence through symbolic colors, lines, and geometric shapes. In the context of the Buddhist path, a mandala is a means towards overcoming ignorance of the nature of reality. In doing so, beings can put an end to ubiquitous suffering and “wake-up” or “realize”; that is, we can attain enlightenment.
The purpose of sand mandala ceremonies is for transforming disturbing, negative thoughts and emotions into salutary ones, along with awakening altruistic attitudes and diamond-like wisdom.

This particular sand mandala will represent the palace and pure land of the Medicine Buddha. Even a brief glimpse of this mandala leaves a positive impression in the mind stream of the observer, who for a moment comes into contact with the timeless ideal of all-pervasive compassion.

The Medicine Buddha
is the Buddha of healing and the embodiment of the healing powers of all enlightened beings. His body is dark blue and in His left, upturned hand in a meditative gesture He holds a begging bowl (symbol of contentment) with myrobalan fruits to signify the eradication of the roots of suffering and sickness. In His right, outstretched hand, in the “gesture of generosity,” He holds a branch of a myrobalan plant (Terminalia chebula, or Arura), the only plant in Tibetan pharmacopoeia that addresses the root causes of illness—desire, aggression, and ignorance. Like the plant, the Buddha of Healing has power to alleviate the true causes of physical, psychological, and spiritual afflictions when one recites His mantra and meditates on His form and symbols.

When positive, joyful sensations spread throughout the body, not only do they exert a positive effect on physical health, but they also promote peace, tranquility, and serenity. These positive, happy experiences radiate to the outside and thus have a beneficial effect on the whole environment.

On April 20-22, at the Castle Thalheim
Buddhist monks from Ladakh will make a mandala of the Medicine Buddha using colored sand. This sacred event is being offered in part to support the construction of a Peace Stupa in Grafenwörth, Lower Austria. You are welcome to watch the artists construct the sand mandala and to learn more about the meaning of this work.

On each of the three days between 10:00 and 17:00, the monks may be observed while they work on the mandala.
Daily at 17:00 there is the possibility to meditate with the monks. On April 21, Ven. Khenpo Konchög Thamphel will convey instructive knowledge on this meditation.
On April 22, Sigrid Massenbauer will sing and play harp music.

The Sand Mandala will be constructed by
Ven. Khenpo Konchög Temphal, Drupon Lama Jigmet, Drupon Sangyas Rinpoche, and Drupon Lama Lhundup.

The realization of a large-scale, benedictive stupa for harmony, love, and peace is underway in Grafenwörth, Lower Austria.
A stupa is a monument for peace that benefits all sentient beings. Stupas are deeply symbolic structures that invite us to reflect and meditate on their meaning to help us recognize and let go of causes of suffering.
Stupas stand on a stone foundation, which signifies its non-perturable place in the world; that it stands free from the ebbing of social and political events and the turbulence of the world. Because of these profound aspects, Buddhist stupas are among the most beneficial structures for humankind. They are one the oldest forms of architecture and are a worldwide symbol of the enlightened mind—a state of eternal peace and bliss. As such, stupas provide a sacred space for peace for all sentient beings.

When one helps with the building of a stupa with the right intention, the meritorious virtue is immeasurable. The sutras say that they will have a favorable rebirth and be joyful and happy! Thus contributions to the project help engender eternal auspiciousness for all beings.

Data on the stupa in Grafenwörth under construction: Total height: 32.5m (107 ft.); Height to the top of the dome: 18,75m (61 ft.); Size of the hall: 700m2 (7,535 sq. ft.)

We invite you to become part of this special project. Please support the vision of building such a powerful monument in Grafenwörth, Lower Austria.

We appreciate donations of any size, whether they are for one time or set up as a monthly donation. Thank you for your support!

Unicredit Bank Austria AG
IBAN: AT05 1200 0512 4404 4044

To make a donation through PayPal, please go to and click on the “Spende” button in the menu. On that page, choose the language you wish to get to the PayPal payment link.

Schloss Thalheim
Thalheim 22

A-3141 Kapelln

Additionally, accommodations for the three days can be booked, including full board and interesting program events.
+43 2784 200 79

The director of the Peace Stupa-Grafenwörth project
is Bop Jon Sunim Tenzin Tharchin, a Buddhist monk and scholar. He is from South Korea and has been living in Europe for several decades. He has already led the construction of a Peace Stupa in Zalaszanto, Hungary, which was inaugurated in 1993 by H. H. the 14th Dalai Lama.
+43 664 340 10 46

A minimum donation of €15 euros for the event is requested.

May all beings under the sky have peace and happiness.

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