For the past 30 years, the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery have crossed the globe to offer these authentic, sacred Tibetan arts to enchanted audiences in major cities and smaller communities alike. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, these events are part of a tradition that dates back 2,500 years.
The touring monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery
“The production by the monk artists of Drepung Loseling Monastery is both highly professional and beautiful and expresses the purity and sophistication of the Tibetan sacred performing arts. I am deeply honored to be associated with it.”
– Richard Gere
Healing Mandala - Sand Painting – Live “Exhibition”
From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks. The sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for healing and re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.
Both the opening and closing ceremonies are not to be missed. Mark your calendars.
Tuesday, December 13th 11:00am - Noon
The monks will consecrate the gallery space at Stormwater and call forth the forces of goodness through chanting mantras. The construction of the mandala begins with the drawing of the Medicine Buddha Mandala.
Saturday December 17th
11:00 - Noon
The mandala will be open for final viewing
Noon - 1:00pm
Sand mandalas are deconstructed shortly after their completion. This is done 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. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.
“Tibet: Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders”
This exhibition of twenty-one stunning color images taken by some of the world's foremost photographic artists, includes works created by students curated from Healing Icons traveling exhibition Sometimes Words Are Not Enough.
Daily Tibetan Bazaar
Sales of merchandise raise funds for the 3,500 Drepung Loseling monks residing in the refuge community in India.