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The cycLe of eXIsTence In brIghT and many coLors As part of its weeklong Grand Opening Celebration, downtown Buddhist center Urban Dharma hosted the “Vast and Noble Heart Sand Mandala.” The mandala ritual involves the extremely precise construction of Tibetan Buddhist iconography with colored sand. Using straws, funnels and other small tools, practitioners work together for as long as a few weeks on the intricate depictions. At Urban Dhrama, Ven. Khenpo Choephel Rinpoche, resident-lama of Three Rivers Dharma Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Ven. Lama Konchok Sonam, head-lama of Drikung Meditation Center in Boston presided over the ritual. And what happened with the delicate, detailed construction at the end of the week? In the course of a vigil, the mandala was deconstructed, according to tradition, and ceremonially spilled into the French Broad River near 12 Bones on Riverside Drive.


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Mountain Xpress, July 25 2012  

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