Monks create colorful sand mandala |

Monks create colorful sand mandala

Monks from India's Gaden Shartse Ling Monastery finish work on a sand mandala.
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The area visit by six monks from India’s Gaden Shartse Ling Monastery moves Sunday to North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center.

Until then, the monks will finish their 4-foot wide sand mandala at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley.

Tour proceeds will go for building upgrades to the 13th century monastery and to care for the monks.

Begun on Jan. 20, the mandala – colorful symbolic art at St. Joseph’s – illustrates far-reaching effects of an individual’s actions. Named the “Wheel of Life,” the mandala is derived from ancient Buddhist cyclic existence teachings.

The sand mandala can be viewed starting 10 a.m. daily in Grass Valley. A group healing empowerment session at St. Joseph’s will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The mandala dissolution ritual will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Suggested donation for the empowerment session and the mandala dissolution ritual is $15 each.

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center is at 410 S. Church St. Call 272-4725 or 265-7737 with any questions.

The monks will build a smaller sand mandala at the Schoolhouse from Sunday to Wednesday.

Mandala viewing hours at the Schoolhouse are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The monks’ Schoolhouse visit concludes Wednesday with a Dharma talk at 7 p.m., followed by the dissolution of the mandala.

Suggested donation for the Dharma talk is $15. The Schoolhouse is at 17894 Tyler Foote Road.

For more information or to volunteer as a docent during the monks’ visit, call the Schoolhouse at 265-2826 or visit on the Web for more information about the monks’ visit.

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