The monks have been building a sand mandala in Jersey City's municipal building since Monday. It's a flat, multicolored display that is created and then destroyed in a ceremony meant to symbolize the fleeting nature of life.
The Jersey Journal reports the young boy climbed over a rope barrier Friday and got onto the 4-foot-square display. The sides and middle were smudged as a result.
Some of the monks were working to restore the sand Friday before its ritual destruction.