Yeah, it says they planned to d it at the beginning of the article also the monks will dismantle the mandala and deposit the sand in a body of water. This process symbolizes the transience of life and the ideal of nonattachment to the material world.
Its obvious when you think about
that is beautiful - a few years ago, when this was done, rather than disrupting it themselves, they had a group of children come in and do it, to symbolize the fleetingness of life and the need for younger generations to destroy the dogmas of the old
Hehe wow...I just took a class on Buddhism this quarter! Those things are called mandalas. Our Professor showed us a whole bunch of pictures of these. Really beautiful stuff, and painstakingly time consuming.