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ARTISTIC TRADITION: Tibetan Monks Visit Metro

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A group of Buddhist monks is traveling the country sharing their message of peace and compassion through art.

“They cannot blink one second or the sand scatters,” says former monk Lobsang Wangchuk.

The monks are creating a sand mandala.  The artistic tradition is used to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones.

“We are building this mandala to have a compassion for the whole world and the whole beings,” says Jampa Lobsang, one of the six Tibetan monks.

People stopped by Drake University to see them paint picture using a funnel-like instrument and millions of grains of sand.

“I thought it was going to be a lot smaller.  It's a pretty large piece that they're doing,” says DMACC student Nicole Campbell.

She and others stopped by the second floor of the library to learn about the Tibetan culture and religion.

“I think it's good to indulge in other religions to better understand them,” she says.

“We're not trying to convert anybody, but maybe our teachings can help some people,” says Lobsang.

Buddhists believe their teachings of non-violence can help with the situation in Syria.

“If you use violence, more violence will create in a later time so violence is not the solution,” says Lobsang.

The monks are no strangers to violence.  They fled from Tibet and now live in India.  Their two-year tour across America will raise money for their monastery.

You can check out the sand mandala and the other events at Drake this week.