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New Jersey tot wipes out hours of monks' work

New Jersey tot wipes out hours of monks' work

A New Jersey tot has made his inadvertent mark on an intricate sand display created by Buddhist monk
New Jersey tot wipes out hours of monks' work
Buddhist monks work on fixing a sand mandala, which was disturbed by a small child at Jersey City City Hall, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J.
Photographer: The Associated Press

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 reports the young boy climbed over a rope barrier Friday and got onto the 4-foot-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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