The fifth (and final) day with the Drepung Loseling monks in Library Hall
August 18, 2010
Well over 8,000 visitors came to Library Hall this week. What a buzz the monks have created in Library Hall.
On this last day, the crowd watched in anticipation as the mandala’s final grains of sand fell from the chakpur just before 6 p.m….
And then the mandala was complete…
The mandala sat on display for nearly an hour before its impermanence was demonstrated to a crowd of well over 500 people.
Over five days, the community completed five different versions of our community sand painting. Each one was swept away — a grand total of 23 pounds of colored sand. Number four was polished off by Stacy Bodden’s preschool group. Stacy and her husband Josh of The Deep Steep Tea Co. also keep the monks in strong black tea that they mixed with milk and sugar all week.
For the final rendition, kids took the creative and construction lead the sand painting…making for a strikingly different design than we’d seen in the past four days.