Fay School welcomes public to view and learn about sacred mandala sand painting – Wednesday

Right: The public is invited to join the Fay School community to experience and learn about mandala sand painting by visiting Tibetan Buddhist monks. (Image from The Mystical Arts of Tibet website)

Fay School has special guests today through Thursday. The Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will be sharing their spiritual practice of creating sacred mandala sand paintings.

The guests arrived today. A ceremony, witnessed by the Fay Community this morning, will open the multi-day process. The Tibetan Buddhist monks are consecrating the site and drawing a detailed outline for the painting.

Over days, monks will pour millions of grains of brightly colored sand from traditional metal funnels called chakpur. On Wednesday afternoon, April 6, the public is welcome to view some of the process between 1:00 – 4:30 pm in the Mars Room.

From 7:30 – 8:30 pm that evening, the public is welcome back to a presentation, “The Symbolism of Sand Mandala”. 

The monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will present a brief overview of Buddhism and explain the symbolism of the mandala sand painting. A question-and-answer period will follow their presentation.

20160404_Fay_school_grounds_mapThe talk takes place in the Root Meeting Room. (Click the thumbnail right for a campus map showing where the meeting rooms are.)

For more information on this week’s ceremonies and events, click here.

For more information about the North American center for the Drepung Loseling Monastery, click here.

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