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Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibition
March 12 @ 10:00 am - March 15 @ 11:00 am
Opening Ceremony: March 12, 2018 • 10 a.m.
Closing Ceremony: March 15, 2018 • 11 a.m.
Location: Alvarez-Gretchen Johnston Living Room in the Knobloch Campus Center
From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibetan this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means “mandala of colored powders.” Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks.
Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. We encourage you to visit with the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery during their visit and observe this intricate and spiritual process.
Please join us for the opening ceremony (March 12 at 10am) where the monks consecrate the site of the mandala sand painting with chants, music, and mantra recitation, the closing ceremony (March 15 at 11am) where the monks conclude their creation and sweep away the colored sand symbolizing the impermanence of all that exists, and the opportunity to participate in our own community sand painting.
Free and open to the public.