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Lyon will host Tibetan monks Nov. 4 through 7

Lyon College will host a group of visiting Tibetan monks on campus Monday-Thursday, Nov. 4-7.

An opening ceremony will be held at noon on Monday in the Holloway Theater to welcome the monks. During the ceremony, they will begin preparing the site for the Mandala Sand Painting with chants, music, and dance. 

A reception will follow. Visitors can view the sand painting from 1 to 5 p.m. on Monday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

On Thursday, the sand painting will be available for viewing from 10 to 11 a.m., and a closing ceremony will take place at noon. The monks will dismantle the Mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. Half of the sand will be distributed to all in attendance.

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in a Community Sand Painting for the duration of the event.

These events are free and open to the public.