“Tibetan Buddhist culture has a distinctive contribution to make to the world’s precious common heritage. I feel sure that Drepung Loseling Monastery’s … tours will deepen the appreciation of our culture. It is my hope that everyone witnessing these events may find in them inspiration and understanding that in some way contribute to their own inner peace.”
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
About the Monks
Drepung Monastery was established near Lhasa, Tibet, in 1416. It had four departments, of which Loseling, or The Hermitage of the Radiant Mind, was the largest, housing more than three-quarters of Drepung’s 10,000 to 15,000 monks. After the 1959 Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet and the destruction of its 6,500 monasteries, 250 monks left Tibet and rebuilt their institution in India. Over the years, young spiritual aspirants have fled occupied Tibet and sought entrance into the monastery, which houses over 2,500 monks. Ancient societies throughout the world conceived that ritual performance of sacred music and dance at auspicious times establishes communication with higher powers, bringing about healing on environmental, social and personal levels. During Tibetan spiritual festivals, people from surrounding villages assembled at the monastery for several days of sacred music and dance. The monks have toured the world for more than 25 years. They were featured on the Golden Globenominated soundtrack for the film Seven Years in Tibet. Two of their albums have appeared in the Top 10 of U.S. music charts and they have shared the stage with artists such as Phillip Glass, Michael Stipe, the Beastie Boys, Paul Simon, Patti Smith and Sheryl Crow.
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Experience Tibetan Culture Mandala Sand Painting The Architecture of Enlightenment
SUNDAY, MARCH 5, THROUGH THURSDAY, MARCH 9
Lewis J. Ort Library
Mandala sand painting has its roots in the tantric legacy of Buddhist India, extending back more than 20,000 years. The lamas painstakingly lay millions of grains of sand to create the traditional iconography of ancient spiritual symbols. They begin by drawing an outline of the mandala on a wooden platform. Over the next five days, colored sands are delicately poured from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. On completion, the sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To fulfill the function of healing, half of the sand is distributed to spectators, while the remainder is dispersed in a nearby body of flowing water to carry the healing blessing to the ocean; from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.
Visit the Lewis J. Ort Library throughout the week to observe the monks creating the mandala.
Mandala Creation Daily Schedule SUNDAY | 3 - 7 PM MONDAY - WEDNESDAY | 10 AM - 7 PM THURSDAY | 10 AM - NOON
Mandala Opening Ceremony SUNDAY, MARCH 5 | 3 PM The monks consecrate the mandala site with traditional chants, music and mantra recitation.
Mandala Closing Ceremony THURSDAY, MARCH 9 | NOON The monks dismantle the sand mandala for dispersal in a nearby body of flowing water. Half of the sand is distributed to observers as blessings for personal health and healing.
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