Monks to create sand artwork near Spring Green

Posted Tuesday, July 9, 2013 --- 5:40 a.m.

SPRING GREEN, Wis. (AP) -- A group of Tibetan monks are visiting Wisconsin during the Himalayan Festival in the Spring Green area.

The State Journal reports the monks are from the Drepung Goman Monastery in India. Starting on Sunday, they will spend a week creating a mandala, which an elaborate piece of artwork made from tiny grains of colored sand.

At the end, the work will be ritualistically destroyed and tossed into the Wisconsin River, symbolizing the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.

The festival is held every four years in the town of Clyde, about nine miles from Spring Green.

Last year, nine monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India spent a week at Saint Mary's University in Minnesota creating a sand mandala.

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