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July 16, 2012

Tibetan Sand Ceremony for John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center-South

A special sand blessing ceremony was held this morning for John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center–South.

In 2005, eight Tibetan monks visited St. Edward's University. Over four days, visitors watched the monks use brightly colored sand - one grain at a time - to create a mandala of a deity's celestial palace. At the close of the fourth day, the monks destroyed the mandala during a ceremony to symbolize the impermanence of life. One of the monks gave Father Lou Brusatti a little more than an ounce to pour into the foundation of a new building as a sign of prosperity, peace and hope.

Father Lou blessed the construction site of the new Sciences Center with three special prayers. Here is a portion of the prayer that was shared during the sand blessing.

Tibetan Sand Blessing Prayer

What is born will die.
What has been gathered will be dispersed,
What has been accumulated will be exhausted,
What has been built up will collapse,
And what has been high will be brought low.

This existence of ours is as transient as autumn clouds.
To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the movements of dance.
A lifetime is like a flash of lighting in the sky,
Rushing by, like a torrent down a steep mountain. 

For today, we are grateful.
For tomorrow we are hopeful.
For our lives, we are blessed.

See photos from the event.