Palo Alto Weekly

News - November 16, 2012

Creating a 'world in harmony'

by Photos Veronica Weber

Five monks from the Drepung Loseling Phykhang Monastery in India spent Nov. 9-11 at Be Yoga in Palo Alto crafting a colorful sand mandala, which in Sanskrit means "world in harmony."

According to an explanation of the artform from Be Yoga: "Whoever views the mandala experiences profound peace and joy."

The monks began with an opening ceremony, with chanting, music and mantra recitation. Then came several days of painstakingly laying out the grains of sand to create the mandala. Visitors came to watch the process and view the finished mandala, after which the monks performed a closing ceremony in which they swept away the mandala, distributing half the sand to the audience to be kept in their homes "as a blessing for their personal health and healing."

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