Buddhist Monks Build Sand Mandala in Everett

April 9, 2008

Author: Eric Stevick

Source: The Buddhist Channel/HeraldNet


As curious onlookers recorded the methodical movements with flashing cell phones, the Buddhist monks practiced their ancient craft with handmade tools.

Their disciplined hands funneled each colorful and purposeful grain of sand into place.

In monastic robes, Venerable Tenzin Thutop and Venerable Tenzin Wangchuk glided silently around the table -- sometimes side by side; sometimes across from one another -- with their eyes fixed on their work.

Their mandala, a sacred composition created in sand, drew more than 100 spectators into the lobby of the historic Monte Cristo building in downtown Everett on Tuesday afternoon. Visitors said the artwork crossed religious and cultural lines.

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