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Photo Gallery: Opening ceremony for Tibetan monks’ creation of the White Tara mandala in Laguna Beach

Tibetan monks perform with traditional instruments during an opening ceremony for the creation of the White Tara mandala at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival grounds in Laguna Beach on Monday. A mandala is an intricately designed geometric figure made from different colors of marble sand.

 (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Monlam Gyatso leads a group of Tibetan monks in an opening ceremony for the creation of the White Tara mandala on Monday in Laguna Beach.

 (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Tibetan monks chant during Monday’s opening ceremony for the creation of the White Tara mandala at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival grounds in Laguna Beach.

 (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Tibetan monks perform with traditional instruments as they prepare to create the White Tara mandala at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival grounds in Laguna Beach on Monday.

 (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Tibetan monks perform during an opening ceremony Monday for the creation of the White Tara mandala in Laguna Beach.

 (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)

Tibetan monks trace an outline for the White Tara mandala on Monday at the Sawdust Art & Craft Festival grounds in Laguna Beach.

 (Kevin Chang / Staff Photographer)
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