Tibetan Monk Mandala

Tibetan monks stand on the road above the Dongzhuling Monastery in the mountains about 50 kilometers (31 miles) east of the border with Tibet, in southwestern China's Yunnan province, Sunday, March 23, 2008. Tibetan areas in Yunnan appear to be quiet since anti-government protests broke out in Tibet earlier this month, but China has sent thousands of paramilitary troops to the Tibetan area in Yunnan as an apparent precaution. Originally built in 1667, the monastery was later destroyed after China's communist takeover, then rebuilt in its new location. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
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Two Tibetan monks are creating a traditional work of art at the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose.

The artwork is called a "mandala".

Made only of colored sands brought over from India, the sand is gently scattered with copper tools, layering intricate symbols to represent specific deities.

The one currently on display at the museum is the deity Vajra Behrava, representing wisdom and peace.

The monks say the traditional artwork represents how one can achieve peace from deep meditation and concentration.

So long as that concentration is focused on something of enjoyment, the one doing so can find inner peace.

The artwork will be on display until May 8th.

After that, it will be destroyed, and the sand put in a nearby river - in hopes that the meaning of peace put into the artwork will spread around the world.




 
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