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"Why are there monks in the Caf?"
Guilford College's campus was
abuzz with this question last week
when serene men in traditional
maroon robes were spotted by curious
Six Tibetan Buddhist monks spent
Oct. 28-31 constructing a sand mandala
in the Dana Auditorium lobby.
Before laying down the sand,
the monks drew the geometric
measurements associated with the
mandala. They then applied tiny sand
granules using metal tools called dhak-
pur that created a meditative, whirring
sound. The monks created one section
of the diagram at a time, working from
the center outwards.
"The mandala has to be exact,"
said junior Sophie Laine, a member of
Guilford's Buddhist Fellowship Qub.
"You can't just mess up part of it and
say, 'Oh, it doesn't matter, we'll wipe it
away anyway la'ter,' because if it's not
correct then it won't invoke the deity."
The final product was a vividly
colored, organized design that
attracted the eyes of anyone who set
foot in the lobby.
"A mandala itself is like a celestial
palace that a Buddha lives in," said
Visiting Instructor of Justice and Policy
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