All we are is dust in the wind: Monks visit IMS

Monks from the Namgyal Monastery visited Indian Mountain School to make a sand mandala — and then scatter the sands as an offering into the Housatonic River. Photo by Karen Kane

LAKEVILLE — Students at Indian Mountain School were visited last week by two monks from the Namgyal Monastery in Ithaca, N.Y. The monks spent two and a half days, from Feb. 21 to 23, using colored sand to construct a mandala in the conference room of the school’s Upper Campus on Indian Mountain Road.

The two monks, Tenzin Thutop and Tenzin Choklhang, constructed the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) mandala, which symbolizes compassion.

After they completed the exquisitely detailed design, the monks performed a dismantling ceremony.

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