Thursday, September 24, 2015

Buddhist monks create works of art and enlightenment at McClung Museum

By Amy McRary
Tibetan Buddhist monk Lobsang Tashi demonstrates the process for Camille Clark, 8, who worked on a portion of the community sand mandala painting at the McClung Museum Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. 
TENNESSEE---A team of Tibetan Buddhists monks are at the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture this week creating a sand mandala painting — a colorful, detailed and temporary design invoking enlightenment and healing. Four of the five monks from the Derpung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta will paint with shades of blue, green, yellow, pink, red and charcoal-black sand to make what's called a green tara design. On Friday the monks will dust away the design they created, sweeping up the sand as a symbol of life's impermanence. [link]