Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sand Mandala construction by Tibetan Monks - Memorial Union Madison

From September 16-20, Tibetan monks from The Mystical Arts of Tibet will be creating a sand mandala in UW-Madison's Memorial Union Great Lounge. This is a fantastic learning opportunity for your children.

From Wikipedia: The Sand Mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand. A sand mandala is ritualistically destroyed once it has been completed and its accompanying ceremonies and viewing are finished to symbolize the Buddhist doctrinal belief in the transitory nature of material life.
Photo Credit: Mai Le, San Francisco, CA

The Mystical Arts of Tibet will also perform on Saturday evening, September 19th at the Wisconsin Union Theater. "Endorsed by the Dalai Lama as a means of promoting world peace and healing through sacred performing art, the monks of the Drepung Loseling monastery make their return to Madison. Known for their remarkable multiphonic singing and their elaborate sand mandala art, the Monks perform using traditional Tibetan instruments and in traditional garb . Says the San Francisco Chronicle, “The voice of serenity, the voice of survival and a hopeful message of peace.”

Watch and join the monks as they create a sand mandala at the Memorial Union’s Great Lounge:

Mandala Construction Schedule:

Wednesday, 9/16, 2009
Mandala Opening Ceremony: 4 pm

Thursday, 9/17-Friday, 9/18
Mandala construction: 11 am – 6 pm

Saturday, Sept. 19
Mandala construction: 11 am - 4 pm

Sunday, Sept. 20
Mandala Construction: 11 am - 1 pm
Mandala Closing Ceremony: 2 pm