SPECTATORS WATCHING Tibetan monks create an intricate sand mandala at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park were shocked on August 9 when a woman "protesting Buddhist death cults" jumped a velvet rope and destroyed four weeks of meticulous work. The circular six-foot mandala, depicting the Kalachakra, or Wheel of Time, was part of an exhibition of Tibetan sacred art. It was scheduled to be taken apart in a dissolution ceremony, which symbolizes the Buddhist teaching of impermanence, on August 18. Instead, the monks performed the ceremony, in which they scattered the sand at sea, two days after the incident. The woman, who claimed to have ties with the CIA, was taken to Mount Zion Hospital for observation. Lobsang Samten, the leader of the sand painters, told reporters, "We don't feel any negativity. We don't know how to judge her motivations. We pray for her with love and compassion."