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Monks Reprise Their Temporal Works of Art

With patience and self-discipline, monks collaboratively create a marvel of symmetry in colored sand.

Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery in southern India return to Laguna Beach’s Neighborhood Congregational Church on Sept. 18-23, where they will again create a sand mandala and introduce the community to their practices.

The church, which has sponsored two similar visits by monks, will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and all are invited to observe the monks at work.

The monks will start the creation of the mandala inside the church sanctuary on Tuesday, Sept. 18, completing it by Saturday, Sept. 22. On Sunday, Sept. 23, after a dissolution ceremony during the 10 a.m. worship service, they will lead a processional to the beach when they return the mandala to the ocean.

On Saturday, Sept., 22, the community is invited to partake in a Tibetan film at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. meal prepared by the monks in Neighborhood Church’s Bridge Hall, a fundraiser in support of their monastery and ministry in southern India.

For more information, visit ncclaguna.org or contact Pam Wicks at 949-573-7104 or the church office at 949-494-8061.

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