Source: The Washington Post
On January 4, 2002, The Washington Post reported that "on Jan. 11 to 27, twenty Tibetan Buddhist monks will create a seven-foot-square sacred mandala in sand at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery [at the Smithsonian] for the healing and protection of the United States. The installation will begin with an 11 a.m. opening ceremony on Jan. 11, to be followed by daily sand painting, chanting and meditation from 10:30 to 4:30. Talks on Tibetan Buddhism will be featured daily at noon. The geometric design will then be swept away and scattered into the Potomac at 3 on Jan. 27."