Building a Mandala of the Buddha of Compassion

Friday, June 4, 2010 - 5:51 am

Building a Mandala of the Buddha of Compassion

CNN photographer Marc Hill created this magnificent time-lapse video of a group of monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta who built a sand mandala at Emory University in late March. Hill crunches six days of painstaking work into two days minutes:

“People were in there talking and walking around them, taking pictures. There was a lot going on in the room. But those monks who were building that mandala were absolutely laser-focused on what they were doing.”

And, about an hour after it was completed, a brush whisked away the sand in a ceremony to “symbolize the impermanence of life.”
CNN’s Belief Blog provides more details about the event, the monks involved, and how the mandala was built.

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