Buddhist Monks Create Art With A Meaning In Greenville

In uncertain times, there are those who believe natural and man-made disasters of this world can be healed through prayer and art.

The ancient art of Sanskrit, called a Mandala is being produced at East Carolina University by Buddhist Monks from Tibet.

The Mandala is a portrait created by millions of grains of colored sand to represent the beauty of life. Once it's finished, the sand is ceremoniously poured in to a body of water as a spiritual blessing, and a symbol of life and death.

Friday, the sand from the Mandala will be poured into the Tar River as blessing to the community for healing and renewal.


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  • by Kaye Location: Greenville on Mar 17, 2011 at 04:51 PM
    I have lived in Eastern NC all my life, yet, I am at times still amazed at the ignorance that prevails here. We may not understand what the monks are doing but at least they are not spending their time making fun of people from other religions and cultures. I welcome their prayers and their art.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    Buddha is the man!
  • by geez on Mar 17, 2011 at 10:00 AM
    @CNG...whatever, still pretty weird!
  • by CNG on Mar 17, 2011 at 08:58 AM
    @Geez...they don't dump the sculpture.... they dump the left over sand....Duh!!!!
  • by My opinion Location: eastern NC on Mar 17, 2011 at 07:46 AM
    In today's world, any prayer for peace, healing and harmonious coexistence should be gratefully lauded. You do not have to believe in their prayers but they do and they are sharing this with the Greenville community. People should get over themselves and quit criticizing that which they do not understand.
  • by geez on Mar 17, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    wow! I'm glad I can just pray. I don't have enough time in the day to create a sculpture then dump it into a body of water. Geez!!!!!!!
  • by Ahkmed Location: Mosque on Mar 17, 2011 at 04:41 AM
    Maybe the sand will filter some of that water you all drink.
  • by Michael Location: Vanceboro on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM
    " Sand poured in Tar River causes fish kill ! Film at 11:00PM ! " ...." Monks receive $100,000,000,000 littering fine for sand poured in river. " Each grain of sand is a $ 100 littering fine said the Riverkeeper. They better pay up ! " lmao !
  • by Buddhist Knowledge Location: The Universe on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:44 PM
    Just to make a clarification: Sanskrit is an ancient language. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning "circle". And Clint - thank you for your failed attempt at humor. According to Buddhist scripture, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. While constructing a mandala, Buddhist monks chant and meditate to invoke the divine energies of the deities residing within the mandala. The monks then ask for the deities' healing blessings. A mandala's healing power extends to the whole world even before it is swept up and dispersed into flowing water—a further expression of sharing the mandala's blessings with all.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2011 at 09:45 AM in reply to Buddhist Knowledge
      you literally copied this word for word from google ...
  • by clint on Mar 16, 2011 at 05:40 PM
    Finally. Somebody is doing something productive against the crime in G-Vegas. Heeeaaalll!
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