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Tibetan monks begin weeklong construction of sand mandala at Clark College

Pattern represents Buddhist values of wisdom and compassion

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: October 3, 2023, 6:04am
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Tibetan Buddhist monk Nawang Shakga, center, works on a sand mandala Monday at Clark College's Cannell Library. A sand mandala is a physical representation of Tibetan Buddhist values of wisdom and compassion; its creation is meticulous and intentional.
Tibetan Buddhist monk Nawang Shakga, center, works on a sand mandala Monday at Clark College's Cannell Library. A sand mandala is a physical representation of Tibetan Buddhist values of wisdom and compassion; its creation is meticulous and intentional. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Enveloped in the studious silence of Clark College’s library, Tibetan Buddhist monk Nawang Shakga used delicate metal tools to create a small circle of fine, orange sand.

The circle is just the first element of a sand mandala, a meticulously constructed pattern symbolic of the Buddhist values of wisdom and compassion.

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