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New Jersey tot wipes out hours of monks’ work

April 25, 2014

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (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 (http://bit.ly/1feKs6a ) reports the young boy climbed over a rope barrier Friday and got onto the 4-foot (1.2-meter)-square display. The sides and middle were smudged as a result.

Some of the monks spent a few hours repairing the sand in time for its ritual destruction Friday afternoon. They led a group to the Hudson River and threw the sand into the water.

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