Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Sand mandala marks Peace Week at Pasco-Hernando Community College

Buddhist monks spent the week making a sacred sand mandala, a circular symbol used to represent the universe, life and other meaningful concepts, as part of Peace Week observed at Pasco-Hernando Community College's Spring Hill campus.

On Thursday, nearly 100 in attendance including faculty, staff and students, gathered for the dissolution ceremony.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle. The geometric designs on a flat surface are created using tubes, funnels and scrapers.

During Peace Week, the mandala's message is one of overcoming hate and anger.

Buddhist monk Dripon Thinley Rinpoche Ningpo 50, of Wesley Chapel led the mandala ceremonies during Peace Week along with three other monks who taught a mandala class that was held on Thursday evening. Ningpo, who is originally from Tibet, began practicing Buddhism in his homeland until 1989, when he fled with many others when the Chinese government occupation was taking control of the country. They fled on foot by crossing the Himalayan Mountains, taking 23 days to reach Nepal.

This week, Buddhist monks spent days constructing the mandala as part of the college’s Peace Week activities. The mandala was then released into the campus pond to signify the spreading of kindness and compassion.

Learn more about the mandala and its meanings in other faiths worldwide at

Sand mandala marks Peace Week at Pasco-Hernando Community College 10/05/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 9:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Police seek suspect who critically wounded Pinellas Park bicyclist


    PINELLAS PARK — A Pinellas Park man was critically injured Monday night after he was shot while riding his bicycle.

  2. Pasco considers new tax districts for parks, libraries, public safety

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Faced with growing costs amid an expected voter-endorsed tax cut, Pasco County is considering changing the way it pays for parks, libraries and public safety.

Pasco County is considering a new taxing district to finance an expansion and ongoing operations of the county's Department of Parks,Recreaton and Natural Resources. Shown is the Dick's Tournament of Champions at the the  Wesley Chapel District Park, the last district park developed by the county. It opened in 2007.
  3. Ruskin man sought in fatal stabbing of roommate


    RUSKIN — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office has issued an arrest warrant for the suspect who fatally stabbed his roommate in a Ruskin home on Monday afternoon.

    Angel Calix, shown during a June 2016 arrest, is wanted in the fatal stabbing of a Ruskin man on Oct. 23, 2017. [Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Romano: Why flood insurance might not be enough to save your home

    Local Government

    Irma is gone, and Maria never came.

    And yet this is as good a time as any to worry.

  5. Tampa's streetcar system looks to expand north through downtown


    TAMPA — The TECO Line Streetcar system that runs from Ybor City to the Channel District could be extended north through downtown all the way to Tampa Heights, according to the latest update of a $1.7 million study aimed at expanding the streetcar system.

    Riders take in the last few stops of the streetcar route in Ybor City during the tenth anniversary celebration of the TECO line streetcar system in Tampa in 2012. Now officials are looking for ways to expand the service north through downtown to Tampa Heights. [EVE EDELHEIT  |  Times]