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Last Updated: Saturday, 29 May, 2004, 10:31 GMT 11:31 UK
In pictures: The Dalai Lama's visit
The monks select brightly coloured sand, which they have dyed in their monastery, to create the image.
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The BBC's Huw Williams watched monks in Glasgow select brightly coloured sand, which they have dyed in their monastery, to create a mandala.
The picture is painstakingly built up grain by grain, over several days, by scraping a metal funnel loaded with sand.
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The picture is painstakingly built up grain by grain, over several days, by scraping a metal funnel loaded with sand.
The finished image fills a table a metre and a half square. It shows enlightened beings, surrounded by sacred symbols, and an amazing array of flowers, fruit trees, and architectural details.
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The finished image fills a table a metre and a half square. It shows enlightened beings, surrounded by sacred symbols, and an array of flowers, fruit trees, and architectural details.
At the heart of the mandala is a traditional representation of a thunderbolt, the symbol of the Mitrukpa Buddha.
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At the heart of the mandala is a traditional representation of a thunderbolt, the symbol of the Mitrukpa Buddha.
The whole design is surrounded by a rainbow coloured ring of fire.
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The whole design is surrounded by a rainbow coloured ring of fire.
As visitors gaze at the completed mandala, the lighting in the Tramway makes it seem to glow with vibrant colour, and spiritual energy.
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As visitors gaze at the completed mandala, the lighting in Glasgow's Tramway makes it seem to glow with vibrant colour, and spiritual energy.
Less than a day after finishing their work, the monks are back to play traditional Tibetan instruments, and pray.
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Less than a day after finishing their work, the monks are back to play traditional Tibetan instruments, and pray.
Then, amazingly, the same hands which have lovingly created the image start destroy it  ...
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Then, amazingly, the same hands which have lovingly created the image start to destroy it ...
... until all that's left is a pile of coloured sand.
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... until all that's left is a pile of coloured sand.
Some who were at the ceremony take sand away with them. The rest is scattered in the waters of the River Clyde. The monks say that spreads the blessing round the world.
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Some who were at the ceremony take sand away with them. The rest is scattered in the waters of the River Clyde.



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Dalai Lama returns to Scotland
29 May 04 |  Scotland



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