A mandala is a representation of the Buddhist universe. Tibetan Buddhists believe there is a seed of enlightenment in each person’s mind; this is uncovered by visualising and contemplating a mandala.
In Tibetan tradition, after a sand mandala is completed, the sand is gathered and placed in a vessel, the sand is then released into a body of water. This practice is known as the Dissolution of the Mandala and is a lesson in non-attachment and impermanence.
The divided segments of this mandala represent the cultural, political and social destruction of Tibet, and is dedicated to those who have lost their lives.