Seven monks from the Tashi Kyil Monastery have begun building a sacred sand painting in Houston Memorial Chapel.
More than 100 people attended the opening ceremony Monday afternoon, when the monks consecrated the space with deep chanting and music.
Following the opening ceremony, the monks began measuring and drawing a design on the 5' x 5' wooden frame.
Throughout this week, they will position millions of grains of sand to build a Medicine Buddha mandala, a sand painting said to have healing powers.
The public is invited to all events during the monks' visit:
Every day, the monks work from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. in the chapel. Tibetan artifacts will be sold in Caldwell Commons.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, Suzanne Bessenger, a Randolph College Religious Studies professor, will deliver a lecture titled "Mandalas and Meaning."
At 3 p.m. Friday, the monks will hold a closing ceremony, where they will consecrate the completed mandala, sweep up the image, and pour the sand into a nearby creek.
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