Mystical Arts of Tibet headed to San Jacinto College: Tibetan monks to create sand mandala and facilitate community lectures, activities

10.20.2015 | By Andrea Vasquez

The Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery will create a ceremonial mandala sand painting along with community activities and lectures throughout the week of November 9 – 13.

The free weeklong event, sponsored by the San Jacinto College South Campus Lyceum Committee and Phi Theta Kappa, will begin on Monday, Nov. 9, with a vibrant opening ceremony featuring music and chants performed by the monks for the preparation of the mandala. Throughout the week, the monks will create the sacred mandala sand painting using millions of grains of colored sand that are painstakingly placed on an intricately designed pattern.

The week will also consist of lectures on meditation, working with emotions, enlightenment, and the significance of the mandala, along with sand painting activities for the general public.

The culminating event on Friday, Nov. 13 will be the closing ceremony, another visually dramatic event where the Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery will sweep away the completed mandala design as a symbolic gesture of the impermanence of life. Half of the colored sands will be distributed among the audience.

Below is a schedule of events during the week of November 9 – 13 featuring the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery. All ceremonial events, mandala creation, and lectures will be held at the San Jacinto College South Campus in the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center (Building 15) atrium and auditorium. The South Campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston.
 

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

  • 12 p.m., Opening Ceremony featuring a vibrant celebration performed by the Lamas of Drepung Loseling
  • 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Community sand painting activity
    * Creation of the Mandala will continue throughout the week

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

  • 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community sand painting activity
  • 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lecture: “Meditation: A Tool for Conscious Living”

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Lecture: “A Buddhist Approach to Working with the Emotions”
  • 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community sand painting activity

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Lecture: “The Psychology of Enlightening”
  • 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community sand painting activity
  • 7 p.m. – 8 p.m., Lecture: “Symbolism of the Mandala”

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

  • 12 p.m., Closing Ceremony highlighting the ceremonial dismantling of the completed Mandala by the Lamas of Drepung Loseling

 

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