Tibetan Monks Create Wildly Intricate Sand Painting, Before Washing It All Away Completely

October 7, 2014 9:11 PM

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Tibetan Monks Create Wildly Intricate Sand Painting, Before Washing It All Away Completely

The mandala is a spiritual symbol that represents the universe. Literally translating to "center and its surroundings," mandalas always contain a center point and a circle, surrounded by some sort of symmetrical design. They're created from sand, on paper or cloth, or built as three-dimensional models, always meticulously visualized and assembled to yield a deeper meaning.

For two weeks, four highly respected Tibetan monks, Venerable Gelong Kalsang Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Nawang Thogmed, Lama Nawang Samten Lhundrup, and Lama Dorji Sherpa, will collaborate on a sacred sand painting meant to incite boundless compassion for all living things in the viewer. Over the cour...

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