The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery visited UW-Eau Claire from March 11-15 (2019) for an artist residency that included creating and removing an intricate sand mandala, lectures on Tibetan culture, traditions and beliefs, and a sacred music and dance performance. 

For the sand mandala, attendees watched the monks painstakingly lay down millions of grains of sand to create the pattern. The days-long process began with an opening ceremony and ended with a dismantling of the design and a ceremonial distribution of the sand back into the earth—symbolizing the impermanence of life.

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