Painstakingly created, then swept away: Tibetan monks' sand mandala at Lily Dale

Painstakingly created, then swept away: Tibetan monks' sand mandala at Lily Dale

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Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery create a sand mandala in the fire hall of the Lily Dale Assembly part of the season-opening festivities for the spiritualist community in Chautauqua County. The mandala is one of the tools the monks use to re-consecrate the earth and all its inhabitants. A Buddhist mandala is envisaged as a sacred space.

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