Multi-colored Hayagriva sand mandala

Relax with Tibetan Sand Mandala Inspired Coloring Page

You can see the Hayagriva Mandala in The Light Show through March 7, 2021. Download the coloring page and color your own mandala.

Inspired by Adult Coloring Books

girl coloring a mandala coloring page

In September 2016, our team decided to try a new component near the Tibetan sand mandala in the Tibet Nepal gallery where visitors could sit, meditate, and color their own mandala. We were inspired by the recent popularity of adult coloring books (and, many of them seem to be mandala coloring books). Our coloring mandala takes visual cues from the Tibetan one, though it omits religious imagery in favor of a more universal design. Whereas the Tibetan monks created the DAM sand mandala as a meditation on the Buddhist deity Hayagriva (the deity referenced by the Sanskrit seed syllable at the center), we wanted visitors to emulate the meditative aspect in an accessible way.

A recent study shows coloring is a great way to boost your mood (and researchers even used a mandala as an example).

Hayagriva Mandala by Geshe Thubten Sonam

Hayagriva Mandala by Geshe Thubten Sonam (born 1965, Dharamsala, India), Sonam Woeser (born 1964, Laab, Eastern Tibet; in India 1990), and Lobsang Lungrig (born 1974, Karshoe, Eastern Tibet; in India 1994) United States, 1996. Sand with mineral pigments. Asian Art Association, Mr. and Mrs. Yale H. Lewis, NBT Foundation, Fay Shwayder, and Asian Art Department Acquisition Fund. 1996.54

At the Denver Art Museum, we have in our collection one of very few Tibetan sand mandalas to be permanently installed in a museum. They are traditionally dismantled after construction as a symbolic reference to the impermanence of life and the transitory nature of life in Buddhist thought.

Our mandala, created in 1996 by Tibetan monks from Sera Jey monastery in India, was created specifically for preservation so that Denver audiences could see and learn from the work for years to come.