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Tibetan monks prepare exotic sand sculptures for Dalai Lama visit

monksThis week, Tibetan Buddhist monks are making an elaborate Sand Mandala at the convention center to mark the first visit of the Dalai Lama to New Orleans.

Work on the sand painting began Tuesday morning.  It will be finished on Friday — just hours before it is poured into the Mississippi River as part of the ceremonies for the Dalai Lama.