The Venerable Lobsang Gyaltsen, a Tibetan monk from the Namgyal Monastery, Ithaca, New York, works on the Medicine Buddha sand mandala at the Benton Museum of Art at the University of Connecticut at Storrs Thursday afternoon. Monks have been working on the mandala since Oct. 24, painting with thousands of pieces of colored sand. The Medicine Buddha mandala is said to heal physical and mental suffering. The project may be finished by Nov. 14, and will remain on display at the museum until Dec. 5 when a dismantling ceremony will be held at 2 p.m.
RICK HARTFORD, HARTFORD COURANT