MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET RESIDENCY
WHEN: NOVEMBER 14 – 18
WHERE: University Hall, Wm. Paterson University, 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
ADMISSION: Free. Tickets not required.
The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet's rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences. The Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will be in residence at William Paterson University with a variety of activities for all to experience.
Construction of the Compassion Mandala
Watch the monks create a mandala, a symbol of the universe, from sand. From the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite.
Hours to view the Mandala creation:
- Wednesday, November 14, 12:30- 6:00 p.m.
- Thursday, November 15, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Friday, November 16, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
WHEN: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 12:30 PM
The monks preside at a ceremony that includes a consecration of the mandala sand painting site with chants and music.
Closing Ceremony and Hike
WHEN: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2:00 PM
Traditionally, most sand mandalas are deconstructed shortly after their completion, as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. Participants may join the monks as they hike to disperse the sand.