Sand Mandala Painting Closing Ceremony

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Sand Mandala Painting Closing Ceremony
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We are thrilled to welcome back the Mystical Arts of Tibet, a touring company of monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery (exiled from Tibet and currently based in South India). Their sand mandala ritual will conclude our Free Family Festival Day (please visit our website to find out more

Closing Ceremony Part I: Ritual Destruction of the Mandala
Location: Frist Center Ingram Gallery| Video feed in the auditorium
Time: 4:30 p.m.

The first part of the closing ceremony will take place in our Ingram Gallery. The monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sand to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. The rite will be accompanied by multiphonic chant and music. It will last approximately 30 minutes.

Due to the large crowds expected in downtown Nashville for the Nashville Predators playoff game at Bridgestone Arena Sunday afternoon, we are advised by city officials that the procession to the Cumberland River cannot take place as originally planned.

The entire ceremony marking the ritual destruction of the sand mandala by the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will take place inside the Frist Center.

Q. What will happen during the closing ceremony?
A. The monks will ritually destroy the mandala in the Frist Center galleries, and then carry the sand down to the Cumberland River. The sand will be scattered in the water so that the blessings of the mandala will be carried throughout our community.

Q. Where can I watch the first part of the closing ceremony at the Frist Center?
A. Ingram Gallery will be open to the public, but space is limited. The ceremony will also be broadcast live in the auditorium to accommodate more people. Groups with strollers are asked to watch the ceremony from the auditorium.

Q. May I take pictures?
A. Yes. Take as many pictures as you want, but please turn off your flash.

Q. May I take some of the sand home?
A. No. The sand will be distributed to Frist Center Sustaining Community Partners to spread the blessings of the mandala across Nashville. These partners include:

Centennial Art Center
Conexión Américas
Edmondson Pike Branch Library
Oasis Center
Old Hickory Community Center
Safe Haven Family Shelter
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
YMCA Latino Achievers
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By: Frist Center for the Visual Arts