ruins monks' sand design
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[May 26, 2007]
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The little boy spotted
the pretty pile of colored sand on the floor of the vast hall and
couldn't resist. Slipping under a protective rope, he danced all
over the sand, ruining the carefully crafted picture.
Never mind that it was the creation of eight Tibetan monks who had
spent two days cross-legged on the floor of Union Station,
meticulously pouring the sand into an intricate design as an
expression of their Buddhist faith.
They were more than halfway
done with the design -- called a mandala -- on Tuesday when they
ended their work for the day and left. The little boy showed up
sometime later with his mother, who was taking a package to a post
office in the hall.
"He did a little tap dance on it, completely destroying it," said
Lama Chuck Stanford, of the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City.
A security tape shows the boy's mother returning to the mandala,
grabbing her son by the arm and walking out of camera range.
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The monks saw the destruction Wednesday.
"No problem," Geshe Lobsang Sumdup, leader of the group from the
Drepung Gomang Monastery in southern India, said through a
translator. "We didn't get despondent. We have three days more. So
we will have to work harder."
The monks are on a yearlong tour of the United States and Canada
to raise money for their monastery. The original monastery in Tibet
In a ceremony Saturday, they will sweep up the sand and offer
bits to onlookers for their gardens. The rest will be placed in the
"The belief is that it will carry the blessings all over the
planet, from the Missouri River to the Mississippi to the Gulf and
to all the oceans of the world," Stanford said.
from file received from AP