Five Buddhist monks from South India took a week to build a Tibetan sand mandala at the Hood River Library in Hood River, Oregon. Upon completion, they swept up the sand and dispersed it at Husum Falls on the White Salmon River, a special blessing for the newly freed river since the breach of 100 year old Condit Dam last fall. With salmon recently seen jumping over the falls for the first time in 100 years, the site on the bridge above the falls was perfect for the traditional Tibetan dissolution ceremony which included chanting and music.
Sand mandalas are best appreciated as "time-based art", a way to celebrate the impermanent nature of all things. The removal of an antiquated and no-longer-useful-dam might be seen in this light, especially as Condit Dam was being "dispersed" above the banks of the White Salmon at the time of the dissolution of the mandala. 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 and harmony. After being pain-stakingly created, the Sand Mandala is destroyed in the closing ceremony as a lesson in the impermanence of all life.