Tibetan Buddhist monks are creating sand art known as a mandala at Hood River County Library this week. The community is invited to see the painstaking work up close. The monks, from south India’s Drepung Loseling Phukhang ...Monastery, are on a tour titled “Sacred Tibetan Art – The Sand Mandala: Creating a Picture of Universal Compassion.” According to Tibetan Buddhist belief, the creation of a mandala is meant to create a profound experience of compassion. The positive effects of a sand mandala are believed to radiate out over an entire region, blessing the environment and the beings therein, as an effort for world peace. Once created, the mandala is destroyed in the closing ceremony, as a lesson in the impermanence of all life. The closing ceremony on Aug. 11, 4 p.m., is open to the community and will include a procession to the Columbia River, weather permitting. .