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    Gaden Shartse Tibetan monks Lobsang Ngawang, left, and Jampa Lobsang Jr. work to create a sand mandala.

  • Randall Benton / RBenton@sacbee.com

    Gaden Shartse Tibetan monks work to create a sand mandala at the Cozmic Cafe in Placerville. The visiting monks are in town for two weeks for a cultural exchange and will be working on the sand mandala for several days until it is completed.

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    Gaden Shartse Tibetan monk Lobsang Ngawang reads while other monks work on a sand mandala.

  • Randall Benton / RBenton@sacbee.com

    Gaden Shartse Tibetan monks Lobsang Ngawang, left, and Jampa Lobsang, Jr. work to create a sand mandala while visitor Candise Nyberg watches at the Cozmic Cafe in Placerville.

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Tibetan monks create sand mandala on annual visit to Placerville

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 - 10:39 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 - 11:26 pm

Each year, the Gaden Shartse Monastery in southern India sends a group of its Tibetan monks on a tour of the United States that includes a stay in Placerville.

This year’s delegation of six monks arrived Thursday and will remain until Jan. 15, participating in a variety of events and activities that highlight Tibetan culture and the practices of Tibetan Buddhism.

The monks are in residence at the Cozmic Cafe on Main Street in Placerville, where they are constructing a colorful, intricate sand mandala.

Their visit, sponsored by the Placerville Friends of Tibet, was extended from one week to two this year in response to the strong attendance at their events, which include a cultural night of song, dance and debate at the Cameron Park Community Center on Jan. 11.

– Bee staff



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