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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany is hosting seven Tibetan monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery located in Dehradun, India from March 5 through March 7.

The monks are traveling throughout the United States promoting cultural awareness and raising funds for their monastery.

The public is invited to witness the monks as they work on the 2019 World Peace Mandala, a sand painting to help encourage peace and understanding, created on the floor of the Carnegie Center's front foyer.

The monks will present several programs during their visit, including an opportunity for the public to try sand painting.

All programs are free and open to the public, though a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.

The monks will also have traditional Tibetan merchandise for sale.

Donations and sales proceeds will benefit the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery.

Below is the schedule for the Tibetan monks' visit to the Carnegie Center for Art and History:

Tuesday, March 5, 12 p.m., Mandala Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, March 5, Ongoing Mandala Construction until 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., "Life in a Monastery"

Wednesday, March 6, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Ongoing Mandala Construction

Wednesday, March 6, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m., Hands-on sand painting

Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Finish Mandala, 5 p.m. - 6 p.m., Closing Ceremony

This will be the third visit the monks have made to New Albany, following previous trips to the area in 2013 and 2016.

The monks are based in Indiana, because their tour is in conjunction with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center located in Bloomington.

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