The Mystical Arts of Tibet
MANDALA SAND PAINTING
Opening Ceremony • Monday, September 12, 2011
Closing Ceremony • Friday, September 16, 2011
Skylight Lounge of Davies Center • Noon
The sacred art of painting with colored sand grains is a Tantric Buddhist tradition involving more than 30 hours of painstaking work. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks. The lamas will create Manjushri Mandala (Buddha for Wisdom) in Davies Center’s Skylight Lounge. Watch the construction of the mandala or join in the creation of a community mandala throughout the week. When the painting is complete there is a closing ceremony during which the monks dismantle the mandala as a metaphor of the impermanence of life.
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE SAND MANDALA
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Davies Theatre • Noon
This one-hour lecture presented by Geshe Damcho will present the basic Buddhist views on the symbolism of the mandala, a sacred cosmogram used as an object of contemplation. It depicts the pure nature of the world in which we live, as well as how we can live most efficiently. Creating a sand mandala brings the creative energy of that sacred dimension into our lives, and attunes us to this natural perfection. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.MORE INFORMATION > OFFICIAL SITE
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These free events are presented in cooperation with the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate. Additional support is provided by the Division of Student Affairs, University Recreation and Sport Facilities, The Forum, and the Center for International Education through the international activities budget.