Manhattan Buddhist monks from a monastery in Tibet will construct a sand painting this week at the Kansas State University Student Union in Manhattan.
The monks will work on the sand painting, called a "Mandala," from Monday through Thursday. The process involves placing colored sand on a flat platform to form a complex image. The sand paintings are destroyed shortly after their completion.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the monks have created the sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers and higher-education institutions in the United States and Europe.