Imagine spending weeks creating an artistic masterpiece: perfecting an intricate geometric drawing, meticulously filling the lines with colorful Himalayan sand, ensuring that not one grain is out of place. Then you sweep the whole thing away and throw it into the ocean. That's exactly what monks do when they create sand mandalas, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition created as containers for blessings, power, and well-being. The blessings then flow into the ocean to be shared with the world.
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Written by Curiosity Staff May 15, 2017
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