Salisbury Cathedral

Tibetan monks at Salisbury Cathedral...Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery, making a Chenrezig Sand Mandala of Compassion and Kindness in the Chapter House of Salisbury Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday October 3, 2013. The Sand Mandala is an artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from millions of grains of coloured sand. It is a symbolic picture of the universe representing an imaginary palace that is contemplated during meditation. The monks, whose exiled monastery is in south India, began the process on Monday and will finish tomorrow when they will destroy the completed mandala, emptying the grains of sand into water so that they spread as far as possible. Photo credit should read:

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Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Tibetan monastery in south India make a sand mandala of compassion and kindness in Salisbury cathedral. The sand mandala is an artistic tradition of Tibetan Buddhism involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from millions of grains of coloured sand. The monks began the process on Monday and will finish on Friday when they will destroy the completed mandala, emptying the grains of sand into water so they spread as far as possible.