Beginning March 1, the Gallery hosts five Buddhist monks from the Dzongkar Choede Monastery, who create wood and sand mandalas. For Buddhists, mandalas are a meditative aid for contemplating the inner and the outer, the material and the divine. During the creation of these sacred objects in the Gallery, members of the public are invited to watch. Over 9,000 people line up to be a part of the ceremony. An exhibition from the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Tibet’s Sacred Art, accompanies the display of the mandalas.