Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery visited the East Carolina University campus March 14 - 18 as part of a tour to raise awareness of Tibetan civilization and contribute to world peace through sacred art. The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour features a mandala sand painting celebration, in which the monks lay millions of grains of sand to create a mandala. Sacred music and dance, lectures and community participation in the sand art are included in the week's activities. In a closing ceremony March 18, the mandala sand will be dispersed into the Tar River as a sacred blessing. For more information about the Mystical Arts of Tibet tour, visit http://www.ecu.edu/news/newsstory.cfm?ID=1917. (Photos by Cliff Hollis)
LISTEN TO CHANTS and music from the opening ceremony March 14.