Column: Monks return to campus to share culture

Tibet can seem a long distance away from central Indiana, but from Friday to Sept. 18, Tibet will be as close as Franklin College.

Two years ago, Franklin College was blessed to have Tibetan-Mongolian Buddhist monks on campus. All who were at the college at the time have great memories of that visit.

For four days, the monks sat for hours at a time on the floor of the campus center and created a sand painting or mandala for world peace. I still smile when I remember the change in the college community during those four days. On the first day of their visit, students, faculty, and staff looked puzzled as they passed the monks on their way to the dining hall. It was as if we all had the same question—Who are these guys with shaved heads and why are they huddled in a circle on the floor?

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