Healing the Earth: A Sacred Art by the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery

Salisbury University has the honor of being designated an Ambassadorial Site for World Artist Experiences.  Working closely with the embassies in Washington, DC, The Ambassador Series presents noteworthy artists and performers from around the world to showcase countries or areas of the world and their cultures. 

Sacred Art of the Tibetan Monks

From Monday, March 13 through Friday, March 18, Salisbury University hosted 11 Tibetan monks from the famed Drepung Loseling Monastery. Their visit was endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing. 

Below is our newest time-lapsed mandala. See the monks' progress from beginning to end!

time-lapsed mandala progress

Mandala Sand Painting

The monks will be creating a mandala sand painting. Mandala, Sanskrit for cosmogram or “world in harmony," is a tool used for meditation. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of five days; when finished, the mandala is destroyed to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. The colored sands will be swept up and half are shared with the students watching the ceremony and the other half are returned to the elements by pouring them into a nearby body of water where the waters carry the healing energies throughout the world.

See our time-lapsed mandala below, from the last time the monks were here in Spring of 2016.

Monks Time LapseCompleted mandala