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THE LIST: Sand mandala ... 'Who done it?' ... 'Memory work'

Published 04/04/2012, Grand Forks Herald

Opening ceremony today in Crookston: Wongdue Sangbo Gurung, a Buddhist monk from Nepal, will spend several days creating a sand mandala at University of Minnesota, Crookston, leading up to the final dinner April 11 in the International Dinner Series at UMC. An opening ceremony will be at 11 this morning in the Prairie Room of the Sargeant Student Center in Crookston. The campus and the community are welcome to visit often to view the work in progress, a news release said. A sand mandala is an elaborate geometric design created by using colored sand and working in intricate detail from the design’s center to the outer edges. In Buddhist belief, the sand mandala reflects the fleeting nature of the material world. When it is finished, the sand mandala is destroyed and its materials released back into nature.

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