Revolution of Peace, Kindness & Compassion
Traditionally sold in a set of seven, these offering
bowls are placed on alters to symbolize the five senses,
the journey of enlightenment, and the dedication of all
bodily actions to the gods. They may be used for many
purposes, but ours will be featured near the mandala holding
the brightly colored sands.
Vajra and Bell Set:
This set of artifacts includes a brass vajra
and a bell, made of more than 12 types of metal, that
is also featured in tantric music. They are often used
in meditation, or to balance the environment of the home.
Together, they represent the combination of male and female
energies necessary for enlightenment.
In Sanskrit, vajra means “thunderbolt”
and “diamond,” and is an artifact with the
ability to work through ignorance (as a thunderbolt) without
being destroyed (because it is indestructible, like a
diamond). It is used in the dismantling of the mandala
as part of the closing ceremony.
Mandala Offering Set:
This 3-D representation of a mandala is typically filled
with rice, as an offering to the gods. It is often used
during meditation, and represents the balance of the outer
world and inner mind.
These lamps adorn household alters, temples, and other
places of worship. They often feature one or more of the
Eight Auspicious Symbols. Yak butter, a fatty substance
used in Tibet, is placed inside of the lamps and burned
to represent enlightenment, wisdom, and sight.
The Face of Wrathful Compassion:
On this artifact is the face of Mahakala, one of the
eight protective deities in Buddhism. Known for compassion,
this god took on the form of a wrathful guardian to better
protect beings by scaring away evil spirits.
This apron is worn by Black Hat Dancers, who will perform
as part of the opening ceremony to bless the area of the
mandala. Displaying this artifact invites the blessings
of the guardian protectors into the room.
Altar Cloths and Ritual Table Cloths:
These silk cloths are designed to hold ritual implements
and sacred objects. Their bright colors and patterns also
beautify and brighten household alters.
Ritual vases, made of copper and bronze, used in spiritual
rites and meditation. During the closing ceremonies, the
sand is placed in a vase and emptied into a flowing body
of water to spread the healing powers of the mandala through
A traditional ritual vase made of copper and featuring
silver-toned dragons on the exterior. It is used for storing
spiritual energies and can be decorated with fresh or
These vases will be featured in Commons during
A Taste of Tibet: Dining on the Roof
of the World on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
These drums are used during meditation, and are carved
from wood to look like two human skulls placed against
each other. They symbolize tummo, or the ability to control
inner body processes (such as producing body heat) with
These cymbals, used in meditation and as an instrument
in tantric music, are made of 17 metals and create a unique
and haunting sound. They are used to bring harmony with
nature spirits, and to cleanse and uplift the environment.
Look for them during the opening and closing ceremonies,
and on the display in the Great Hall.