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Wiping away the sand

The sand mandala, created throughout five days by monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India, represents Buddhist compassion.

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A member of the Drepung Loseling monks begins the transformation of the compassion Buddha mandala before more than 300 intensely curious onlookers in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Wednesday night. The program continued with a short parade on 13th Street and a riverside ceremony at the Steamboat Spring. Photo by Tom Ross

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More than 300 intensely curious onlookers gathered in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Wednesday night. Photo by Tom Ross

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Members of the Drepung Loseling monks with the compassion Buddha mandala before more than 300 intensely curious onlookers in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Wednesday night. Photo by Tom Ross

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A member of the Drepung Loseling monks with the compassion Buddha mandala before more than 300 intensely curious onlookers in Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library on Wednesday night. The program continued with a short parade on 13th Street and a riverside ceremony at the Steamboat Spring. Photo by Tom Ross

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Drepung Loseling monks parade on 13th Street before a riverside ceremony at the Steamboat Spring on Wednesday. Photo by Tom Ross

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