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Tibetan Monks visit campus

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February 06, 2013
Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery prepare a design for the sand mandala they are creating and exhibiting this week at the Sakowich Campus Center, 1st Floor Lounge. (Free and open to the public.)

Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days. The lamas begin by drawing an outline of the mandala, then they lay the colored sands by pouring it from a traditional metal funnel called chak-pur. Traditionally, most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion; this act is completed as a metaphor for the impermanence of life.