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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