Buddhist monks creating a mandala on Myrtle Beach

Updated: Mar. 30, 2015 at 6:30 AM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A group of Buddhist monks from India is visiting the South Carolina coast to create a sand mandala at an art museum.

Work on the mandala, in which grains of colored sand are placed in geometric shapes and spiritual symbols, begins on Monday continues for five days at the Burroughs and Chapin Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.

In keeping with Buddhist tradition, when the mandala is completed the sand will be tossed into the ocean in what is considered a ceremony of worldwide healing.

The monks are of Tibetan descent and organizers say one of the reasons for their tour is to promote awareness of threatened Tibetan traditions under Chinese rule.

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