UNC Buddhist Art

The reproduction of a beautiful sand mandala in the Tibetan/Nepalese Buddhist tradition by two Buddhist monks is photographed in stages at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum. Definitely worth a look. (Thanks to Cindy for the e-mail!)


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. I have a discussion almost daily with business clients in the market for fine furniture. They understand that precious art and fine things that require tedious labor will never be made in America. The great photo essay of the monks layin’ down sand particles shows more of the tedious labor – beautiful and timeless.

    Painting walls in a house – oh what? You want $30 an hour for the job? That’s why you’re jobless Mr. Union Painter.

  2. Monks from Tibet came to FSU three years ago and did the same thing. It was amazing to watch them create such a beautifully intrique piece of art grain by grain. And polyphonic chanting? Forget about it! That shit’s off the hook!

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