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Monks create sand mandala at cathedral
TIBETAN monks created a symbol of compassion and kindness at Salisbury Cathedral.
The Tashi Lhunpo monks began work on the sand mandala in the Chapter House last Monday and worked on it throughout the week before a destruction ceremony and procession to the River Avon on Friday.
The Sand Mandala, 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.
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