May 17, 2011

Mandala today, gone tomorrow

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Veser and Gendun, Tibetan monks from the Gyuto Vajrayana Center in the Bay Area, create a sacred sand mandala Monday afternoon at Rockefeller Chapel. The creation of the mandala, which is part of a weeklong festeval devoted to spiritual life, is intended to show the impermanence of beauty. It will take three days to complete the mandala, and will then be ceremonially dispersed at Lake Michigan Thursday morning.