Sand Mandala exhibition at the Tibet House, London: 18-21 Sep 2018

March 31, 2018 marks the beginning of the 60th anniversary since His Holiness the Dalai Lama first came into exile to India from Tibet, followed by thousands of Tibetan refugees.

For the past six decades, the Tibetan people have made unstinting efforts to preserve their rich ancient cultural heritage and unique identity - a source of unity for both Tibetans inside Tibet as well as outside – with the help of the kind support and generosity of many individuals, organisations and governments across the globe.

Therefore, with the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and under the leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetans around the world are observing the year 31 March 2018 to 30 March 2019 as a 'Thank You Year' to express our gratitude to all our many friends and supporters globally.

As part of the Thank You Year events, we are pleased to announce that a group of monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery (located in south India) will be creating the intricate Buddhist sand mandala art in the Tibet House from 18-21 September 2018.

Open for public viewing: 2.00 pm - 6.30 pm (except on 21st Sept.: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm)

On 21st Sept. the ceremony to dismantle the sand mandala starts at around 4pm. This is to signify the impermanence of all phenomena. The sand grains will be dispersed in the nearby Regents Canal – to spread the benefits far and wide. Visitors are encouraged to join the monks as they walk to the Regents Canal for this ritual.

By 5pm visitors can collect their own small packet of the blessed sand at the Tibet House.


Designed for centuries, the art of sand mandala is a symbolic depiction of exquisite Buddhist deities, which is realised through the use of special techniques from countless colored sand grains.

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