Monks in residency at Bucks college teach lesson in patience and letting go

Justin Udo
September 18, 2019 - 4:36 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A unique residency at Bucks County Community College is encouraging students and neighbors to tap into their spirituality as they get an up-close look at the sacred art form of the sand mandala.

Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang monastery in India are currently practicing the ancient tradition at the college.

Karen Gloetzner used her lunch break to watch the monks meticulously tap differently colored sand into place to form a tapestry of vibrant symbols and patterns. 

"It's unbelievable, it's wonderful," she said,. "The patience. Look at the patience that they have. The picture is just gorgeous."

Minyak Rinpoche with Drepung Gomang says it take at least five monks about 40 hours to put the mandala together.

"And through that we can practice more compassion and loving kindness," Goman said.

To celebrate the completion of the arduous artwork, the monks say a prayer over it. Then they destroy it.

"After one hour we have to do a deconstruction period. It shows that we can practice impermanence. Nothing is permanent," he said.

The Gomang monastery monks will be at BCCC working on their project until Friday, and visitors are encouraged to go see them.

They'll also have meditation, and chanting sessions.