Have you ever had the pleasure of watching the Tibetan monks create a sand mandala? When they were here in Raleigh, N.C. I went to watch them create it. They had these little tiny tubes of colored sand and they placed the sand grain by grain where they wanted it in order to make the picture. I’d say it was about six feet square. It took about a week. I also attended the final ceremony. They scooped up all the sand and walked it to the lake and poured it in. They completely let it go; they released it.