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Tibetan Monks in Roseville Februrary 4th to 13th

This post was written by jd on February 7, 2011
Posted Under: Bits & Pieces

The center of the mandala. When finished it will be about 4 feet across. Photo by John J. O'Dell

By John J. O’Dell

Sunday I visited the Tibetan Monks who are in Roseville. They are there making a mandala, which if you haven’t seen one, is truly a work of art.  Made entirely out of colored sand, the mandala is made one grain of sand at a time!

Mandalas created from sand are unique to Tibetan Buddhism and are believed to effect purification and healing.  Typically, a great teacher chooses the specific mandala to be created. The monks assigned to make the mandala construct the mandala completely from memory, including the color of sand for each line!

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