First, I would like to strongly encourage each and every one of you to take some time to go see the Monks during the week. You will definitely feel their peaceful presence and warmth just by being around them. I can guarantee that no matter what mood you are in when you see them, you will walk away feeling better.
They opened the ceremony with an opening prayer/chant.
We were than able to go and see the Sand Mandala which is even more beautiful than I could imagine. They started the mandala on Monday and made a lot of progress by the end of the evening. This mandala is being built all week and then will be taken a part and placed in the lake during the closing ceremony on Friday. You have to see it in person to really appreciate the work, but just try to imagine making the mandala out of sand. They have all different size tools that help put large amounts of sand or 3 grains of sand at a time. The manadala that is being built for GCU is the compassion mandala which is from the Buddha of compassion. It is meant to give love, campassion, and peace not only to all of GCU, but to the world.