A visiting monk from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery adds colored sand to the mandala he and five of his colleagues built in December 2012 at Pacific Unitarian Church in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He’s each using a chakpur, a funnel that holds the sand. Rasping the metal rod over the ridges on the outside of the chakpur precisely controls the flow of sand, directing it exactly where it’s needed.
Here the central square section of the mandala is nearing completion. The mandala’s skeletal outline, which the monks drew in grease pencil as the first step of the construction process, is visible on the table.