Calendar Name: Cultural Events
Event Category: Cultural Affairs
Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Time: 05:00 PM
Weekday(s): Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Start Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
End Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013

» Special Event: Tibetan Monks Residency - The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Pa


September 18-22
Special Event: Tibetan Monks Residency - The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting
Holloway Hall, Great Hall : Wed.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., Noon-2 p.m.
Drawing of the Lines: Immediately following the opening ceremony, the monks start drawing the line design for the mandala. This is very exacting work that takes about three hours to complete. Mandala Construction Wednesday-Friday, The monks lay on the colored sands,
which is effected by pouring the sand from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid. The finished mandala is approximately 5 feet by 5 feet. Mandala Consecration and Closing Ceremony Sunday, The monks dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. Half of the sand is distributed to the audience as blessings for personal health and healing. Dispersal Ceremony immediately following the Closing Ceremony, the remaining sand is carried in a procession by the monks, accompanied by guests, to a flowing body of water, where it is ceremonially poured to disperse the healing energies of the mandala throughout the world.