THURMAN, Buddhist Scholar: "A Mandala is a--it means
a sacred circle that holds a spiritual essence. And basically
the two-dimensional diagrams that you see, although they are
called Mandalas, they really are blueprints of a three-dimensional
building and a space."
The mandala is painted with colored sand in painstaking detail
by a group of monks, then as a demonstration of impermanence,
the mandala is destroyed and the sand put in water.