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Mandala Sand Painting 

When: Wed., Sept. 17, 12 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 20, 1 p.m. 2008
Price: FREE
www.caldwellfinearts.org
Over a period of days as part of the Mandala Sand Painting for world healing, watch as millions of grains of sand are laid into place on a flat platform forming the image of a mandala. This ancient visual art piece takes 30 hours to complete and is available for public viewing for three days until 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. For the opening ceremony, lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation. The lamas begin the exhibit by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform and on the following days, they lay the colored sands. During the closing ceremony Saturday, Sept. 20, as is tradition, the sand mandala is destroyed as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The audience is invited to participate in the closing ceremonies at Indian Creek in downtown Caldwell at 7th and Kimball, where the sand will be poured into the creek.

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