Curious toddler wipes out hours of monks’ work
The Associated Press April 25, 2014
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey tot has made his inadvertent mark on an intricate sand display created by Buddhist monks.
“The monks have been building a sand mandala in Jersey City’s municipal building since Monday. It’s a flat, multicolored display that is created and then destroyed in a ceremony meant to symbolize the fleeting nature of life.
“The Jersey Journal reports the young boy climbed over a rope barrier Friday and got onto the 4-foot-square display. The sides and middle were smudged as a result.
“Some of the monks were working to restore the sand Friday before its ritual destruction.”
A lama spokesman contained his simmering rage over the youthful destruction of what was to be ritually destroyed. “The wheel of karma will follow him. I have learned that the lad is Catholic. I have arranged for him to meet with a priest. He will demonstrate to the boy how naughty he has been. Ha ha! Ha ha ha!”