Near St. Matthews, local Tibetan Buddhist monks are using creativity to honor the Dalai Lama.
members of the Tibetan Buddhist temple artistically honored the upcoming birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama using colored sand.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Celebrations are underway locally as the 79th birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama quickly approaches.
Near St. Matthews, local Tibetan Buddhist monks are using creativity to honor the holy leader with a five day artistic process that has attracted participants from as far as India.
"We are privileged to have a group of monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in India," said Drepung Gomang Institute member Tobby Spalding.
Together with Drepung Gomang Institute monks, the group spent Wednesday tapping into their creativity, paying great attention to detail as members of the Tibetan Buddhist temple artistically honored the upcoming birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama using colored sand.
"They are now here in Louisville at Drepung Gomang Institute creating a scared sand mandala," said Spalding. "It's a painting in sand where the monks are creating beautiful, beautiful detailed images basing placing a grain of sand as a time."
The painstakingly meticulous process is a joint effort between the Commonwealth and India-based monks.
"We have eight monks here," said Drepung Gomang Institute Director Geshe Kalsang Rapgyal.
According to Spalding, the visiting monks are taking part in an extensive American tour.
"These monks will spend a year in the U.S. in different cities, creating awareness, spreading love, compassion, peace," said Spalding.
The sand mandala creation is expected to wrap up July 5. A birthday celebration for the Dalai Lama will take at the Drepung Gomang Institute at 411 North Hubbards Lane on July 6. For more information about the Drepung Gomang Institute, click here.