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The Drepung Gomang monks offer workshops on a variety of topics related to traditional Tibetan art.
All workshops include a short talk/explanation of the tradition of the various crafts as wells as the millions of grains of colored sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of several days, forming an intricate diagram of the enlightened mind and the ideal world.
The most common substance used in the creation of dul-tson-kyil-khor is colored sand, which is ground from stone. Other popular substances are powdered flowers, herbs or grains. In ancient times, powdered precious and semi- precious gems were also used. Thus lapis lazuli would be used for the blues, rubies for the reds, and so forth.
When finished, to impermanence of all that exists, the colored sands are swept up and poured into a nearby river or stream where the waters carry the healing energies throughout the world.
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