Tibetan monks create sand mandala in the mountains
Tibetan monks are hard at work creating a mandala sand painting on the campus of Western Carolina University.
The monks are from the Drepung Loseling Monastery area and visiting the campus through Thursday, Nov. 9th.
Along with constructing a mandala sand painting, they are delivering a series of four lectures. The visit is part of WCU's Arts and Cultural Events series and The Mystical Arts of Tibet, a world tour produced through the monastery's North American seat in Atlanta. All activities are free and open to the public.
The sand painting is part of the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism. The paintings involve the distribution of millions of grains of sand to form the image of a mandala, which represents the universe in Hinduism and Buddhism.
The sand painting process will be open for public viewing 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Thursday. The mandala is on display in the A. K. Hinds University Center on the WCU campus.
Traditionally, most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This sand mandala is set to be completed by 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, with a closing ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on campus.