Tibetan Buddhist Monk Tenzin Yignyen is back at Mohawk Valley Community College!

Tibetan Buddhist Monk Tenzin Yignyen is back at Mohawk Valley Community College!

Tibetan Buddhist Monk Tenzin Yignyen is back at Mohawk Valley Community College! Monday, he began the creation of a sand mandala in the library. He will continue to work on the mandala all week, then will dismantle it in a ceremony on Friday morning to demonstrate that everything — including life itself — is transient.

In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the mandala — a geometric symbol or configuration of symbols — is a cosmic diagram that represents the dwelling place of a deity, according to the college, and it is ritualistically dismantled once it has been completed. Yignyen said Monday this mandala, created from colorful sand placed on a table, represents the Buddhist deity, Tara.

Throughout the year, MVCC hosts cultural events, like this one, to help students understand our diverse world and share their cultures!  https://www.mvcc.edu/cultural-series/

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