FSU Cultural Events Series: The Mystical Arts of Tibet Mandala Sand Painting

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05 Mar 2017 - 09 Mar 2017 : 3pm
101 Braddock Rd., Frostburg, MD, 21532
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2017-03-05 2017-03-09 America/New_York FSU Cultural Events Series: The Mystical Arts of Tibet Mandala Sand Painting Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting Sunday, March 5 to Thursday, March 9 in the Frostburg State University Lewis J. Ort Library. The process of sand painting is one of the Buddhism’s most exquisite artistic traditions. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid on a flat platform over a period of days to form the image of a mandala. Over the years, the monks have created sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers and universities throughout the United States and Europe. The process is said to effect purification and healing on three levels. The outer level represents the world in its divine form; the inner level represents a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightenment; and the secret level depicts the balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind.

An opening ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. when the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness through chanting, music and mantra recitation. The lamas then begin the process by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. Over the following days, they lay colored sands through traditional metal funnels called a chakpur.

A closing ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 9 at 12 p.m. Traditionally, sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after completion. This is done as a metaphor for 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 while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water to be scattered. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean; from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.

All mandala events are free and open to the public. Learn more by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or by visiting http://ces.frostburg.edu.

The engagement of the Mystical Arts of Tibet is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is sponsored by the Peter and Iris Halmos Family Foundation. CES is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. The CES 60th Anniversary season is supported in part by the City of Frostburg and the FSU Foundation. 101 Braddock Rd.,Frostburg,MD,21532,United States Allegany Arts Council art@alleganyarts.org

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting Sunday, March 5 to Thursday, March 9 in the Frostburg State University Lewis J. Ort Library. The process of sand painting is one of the Buddhism’s most exquisite artistic traditions. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid on a flat platform over a period of days to form the image of a mandala. Over the years, the monks have created sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers and universities throughout the United States and Europe. The process is said to effect purification and healing on three levels. The outer level represents the world in its divine form; the inner level represents a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightenment; and the secret level depicts the balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind.

An opening ceremony takes place on Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. when the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness through chanting, music and mantra recitation. The lamas then begin the process by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. Over the following days, they lay colored sands through traditional metal funnels called a chakpur.

A closing ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 9 at 12 p.m. Traditionally, sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after completion. This is done as a metaphor for 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 while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water to be scattered. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean; from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.

All mandala events are free and open to the public. Learn more by calling 1-866-849-9237 or 301-687-3137 or by visiting http://ces.frostburg.edu.

The engagement of the Mystical Arts of Tibet is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is sponsored by the Peter and Iris Halmos Family Foundation. CES is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. The CES 60th Anniversary season is supported in part by the City of Frostburg and the FSU Foundation.


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