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Mandalas carry special meaning

October 28, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT
From left: Tibetan monks Lobsang Paljor and Tenzin Tashi use colored sand to paint a mandala. Each mandala carries a special meaning and this one represents Avaloketeshvara, the embodiment of compassion, the deity of which the Dalai Lama is considered a manifestation. Six monks take turns painting over four days, and plan to complete the mandala by noon on Thursday, when it will be ceremonially swept up and dispersed in a flowing body of water to signify the impermanence of all things.

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