Talk about a test of faith.
Eight Tibetan monks spent two days cross-legged on the floor at Union Station, leaning over to meticulously create an intricate design of colored sand as an expression of their Buddhist faith. They were more than halfway done.
And then, within seconds, their work was destroyed by a toddler.
Monks are bald, so they couldnâ€™t rip their hair out. But were they angry? Did they curse?
No. They simply smiled and started over.
â€œNo problem,â€ said Geshe Lobsang Sumdup, leader of the group from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in southern India.
â€œWe didnâ€™t get despondent,â€ he said Wednesday through a translator. â€œWe have three days more. So we will have to work harder.â€
That the monks were able to shrug off their setback can be attributed to their religion.
â€œIt teaches us that nothing is permanent,â€ said Staci Olsen, a volunteer at the Rime Buddhist Center in Kansas City.
The mother did not report the incident, but a security camera at Union Station captured the moment.
â€œShe summarily picked the child up and boogied,â€ said Bob Smock, security manager for the station.