Construction Of Sand Mandala By Seven Tibetan Monks

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Frist Center for the Visual Arts says
As part of our presentation of Secrets of Buddhist Art, the Frist Center is thrilled to welcome the the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery on their Mystical Arts of Tibet tour. For five days, the monks will work in the exhibition’s education gallery, meticulously pouring millions of grains of sand into an elaborate sacred design that invokes Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Their residency will begin with a colorful opening ceremony that features multiphonic chanting and traditional Tibetan musical instruments. The ceremony will be followed by the “Drawing of the Lines,” an exacting process during which the design of the mandala is drawn out.

Save the date for Sunday, May 7, when the monks will return on Family Festival Day to destroy the mandala in another beautiful ritual.

Daily Schedule:*

Friday, February 10
1:30 p.m. Opening Ceremony
The monks of Dreprung Loseling Monastery will begin their residency at the Frist Center by consecrating the site of the Sand Mandala Painting. This visually and acoustically striking ceremony will feature chants, music, and mantra recitation.

2:00 p.m. Drawing of the Lines
After the Opening Ceremony, the monks start drawing the line design for the Mandala. This is tedious and exacting work that takes about three hours to complete.

5:00 p.m. Mandala Construction Begins
Throughout the residency, the monks pour millions of grains of sand into place over a period of days, using traditional metal funnels called chak-pur. This ancient spiritual art form is practiced in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants.

7:00 p.m. Mandala Construction Ends for the Day

Saturday, February 11-Monday, February 13
Sand painting during regular operating hours

Tuesday, February 14
10:00 a.m. Mandala Construction Resumes

5:00 p.m. Mandala Construction Ends
The finished mandala of Avalokiteshvara will remain on view at the Frist Center until May 7, 2017, when the monks return to ritually destroy it in a beautiful closing ceremony.

* All times are approximate and contingent on the successful completion of the steps of mandala consecration and construction.
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By: Frist Center for the Visual Arts

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