Update: Eau Claire (WQOW) — A beautiful work of art was wiped away Thursday, but don’t worry, it was all part of a sacred ceremony.
The Tibetan Monks visiting Eau Claire finished their sand mandala at CVTC, which took four days to create. Just as carefully as it was put together, the intricate design was ceremoniously swept away. Their hard work is destroyed to symbolize the impermanence of life.
Half of the sand was set aside to be placed in a nearby body of water, and the other half was given to members of the audience.
Posted: Oct. 1, 2018
Eau Claire (WQOW) — For the second time, Tibetan Monks have set up shop in CVTC for the ceremonial creation of a sand mandala.
Monday morning, the monks consecrated their work site during the opening ceremony. The monks will carefully pour sand into the ‘sacred cosmogram’ until Thursday, when it will be destroyed during a closing ceremony, symbolizing the cycle of life. One monk told News 18 being able to create a mandala is a great honor.
“Creating [a] mandala, we can spread the knowledge about positive things [and] about inner peace,” said Rinchen Wangyal, from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc.
CVTC officials told News 18 they hosted the monks nearly three years ago, as a way to connect students to their community, with a diverse activity.
“This is just one opportunity for them to do so by valuing diversity in a different way, so when they do go out into the work-field they have those experiences and opportunities,” said student activities specialist, Kurtis Burton.
The monks will be at CVTC through Thursday, and anyone from the public can stop by to watch their progress.