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Byline: SUSAN L. RIFE
All week long, monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India have bent over a raised platform in the grand foyer of the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, carefully pouring vividly colored sand into an elaborate geometric design known as a mandala.
Then tonight, after they perform a dance to promote world peace, they will sweep the sand away, pouring it into the waters of Sarasota Bay as a healing blessing to the world.
It is a ceremony the monks perform again and again as they tour the country, generating awareness of the Tibetan civilization in China and its refugees in India through concerts and creations of the ephemeral …