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Video: Tibetan monks create intricate sand mandalas that stand as a metaphor for the impermanence of life

2 months ago
Sky Canaves
n Tibetan Buddhism, mandalas serve as representations of the universe, with outer, inner and secret meanings. After a sand mandala is put together, it is deconstructed, and the materials are dispersed in bodies of water to transmit their energy back to nature.
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.