TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) Buddhist monks are promoting compassion through beautiful, traditional art right here in the Wabash Valley. The monks traveled from northern India to the United States and have been sharing their culture at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
The Tibetan monks have been working for days on what's called a compassion mandala. It's a sand painting depicting the Compassion Buddha. The mandala symbolizes the need to aspire to compassion to free others from suffering.
Tibetan monk Lobstng Mangushri says, "We are reciting compassion Buddhist mantra and at the same time we are focusing on the compassion Buddhist sand mandala and this is really good practice of compassion."
This mandala will be destroyed during a public ceremony at noon, Saturday. It is happening at Rose-Hulman. The monks explain this process is an example of the life cycle, showing nothing is permanent.