The monks are here!

The monks of Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery are now hard at work in the galleries! After a wonderful Blessing Ceremony yesterday, they’ve begun the process of laying down sand to create a colorful mandala. Here are some photographic highlights:

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You can see the monks work from 10am to 5pm through Saturday, and on Sunday they will work in the morning and early afternoon until the mandala is completed. On Sunday at 4:30, the monks will hold a Dissolution Ceremony and sweep away the mandala, distributing sand to all present. We’ll be free all day on Sunday, but don’t just come then! The mandala is best appreciated as a meditative work in progress, so come by on your lunch break, on your way home from work, or when you come for Silk Road Storytime on Saturday morning.

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