For the past week, a group of Tibetan monks have been in residence at the Jepson Center, creating an intricate sand mandala. Raymond and the kids went down on Saturday to watch them work, and the kids even got the chance to use some of the monks’ tools and explore the process, which they loved. I had to work an admissions event and couldn’t join them, but Raymond took lots of photos.
Sunday afternoon we went back to the museum and joined over 1,000 other spectators as the monks ceremonially destroyed the mandala and then carried it to the river. The place was packed, and my view looked like the photo below:
But honestly, that was ok. It forced me to put down the camera and focus instead on the amazing, echoing chanting of the monks as they prayed and swept up the sand painting they had worked so hard to create. It was a beautiful experience.
The kids managed to squeeze their way up to the front and were literally standing right next to the monks. Fletcher took some great photos and video where you can really see how close he was, and Raymond got some nice video over the crowd as well. I particularly love hearing Lola’s sweet whisper at the end of Fletcher’s video. Man do I have great kids!
These last 2 photos are from the newspaper’s Spotted section – you can see Fletcher right up front next to the monks.