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Sand mandala at Cathedral
TIBETAN monks have been creating a symbol of compassion and kindness at Salisbury Cathedral this week.
The Tashi Lhunpo monks began work on the sand mandala in the Chapter House on Monday and will be finishing it off today and tomorrow when there will be a destruction ceremony and procession to the River Avon.
The Sand Mandala, beaing created as part of Salisbury International Arts Festival is an artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand.
A mandala is a symbolic picture of the universe representing an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. The mandala is painstakingly laid using millions of grains of different coloured sand applied using small tubes, funnels, and scrapers, until the intricate pattern is achieved.
Visitors are welcome in the Chapter House to watch the monks as they work.
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