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Monks start work on sacred mandala at Cuesta College

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Cuesta College welcomed a group of exiled Tibetan monks to work on a sacred sand mandala over the course of the week. 

The monks come from the Drepung Gomang Monastery of Mongrod, South India. Together they will create the "World Peace Mandala" in the center of the lobby floor of the Cultural and Performing Arts Centre on campus.

The visiting monks began work with an opening ceremony Monday morning that was open to the public. 

The public is encouraged to stop by the lobby of Cuesta College to watch them progress on the mandala each day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and noon to 3 p.m. Staff members warn there is a $2 fee to park on campus. 

The Drepung Gomang Monastery houses 2,000 monks, but between 1959 and 1961 most of Tibet's monasteries were destroyed by Cultural Revolution Red Guards. Since then, most monasteries have been re-established in India. This tour helps raise awareness and support for the monastery.

A closing ceremony will be held this Thursday at 2 p.m. on the lawn outside the Cultural and Performing Arts building.  

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