Clark College hosts sand mandala construction Oct. 2-6


Clark College will host Tibetan Buddhist monks from Monday, Oct. 2 through Friday, Oct. 6, as they construct a sand mandala in Cannell Library on the college’s main campus. This will be the third time monks have constructed a sand mandala on campus, according to a press release. Previously, mandalas were constructed at Clark College in 2012 and 2020. 

All events are free and open to the community. They are co-sponsored by Clark College International Programs, Clark College Libraries and Dharma Light Tibetan Buddhist Association of Vancouver.

Cannell Library is located on Clark College’s main campus at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way in Vancouver. Maps and directions are available at Anyone needing accommodation due to a disability in order to fully participate in this event should contact Clark College’s Disability Support Services Office at 360-992-2314 or 360-991-0901, prior to the event. 

This project can be appreciated simply as a beautiful and intricate time-based art form.

“According to Tibetan Buddhist belief, a sand mandala is meant to create a profound experience of compassion for any who attend,” the press release stated. “The positive effects of a sand mandala construction are believed to radiate out over the entire region, blessing the environment and the beings therein, in an effort for world peace. The mandala is destroyed in the closing ceremony, as a lesson in the impermanence of all phenomena.”

The opening and closing ceremonies will include traditional Tibetan Buddhist chanting and music.   

The closing ceremony also will include meeting at the Grant Street Pier at Vancouver Waterfront Park on West Waterfront Way and Grant Street.. 

View a video from the 2012 sand mandala construction on Clark College’s YouTube channel: 

Opening ceremony

Monday, Oct. 2, noon – 12:30 p.m.         

Mandala construction

Monday, Oct. 2, 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Sacred Tibetan art presentation 

• Tuesday, Oct. 3, noon – 1 p.m. 

Venerable Lobsang Dawa will speak about the history and meaning of the sand mandala and the importance of compassion in daily life.

Closing ceremony with music 

Friday, Oct. 6, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Procession to Columbia River at Grant Street Pier

Friday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.