The Mystical Arts of Tibet coming to campus
(Mar. 9, 2011)
Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will visit East Carolina University March 14-18 for a series of Dalai Lama-endorsed events intended to raise awareness of Tibetan civilization and contribute to world peace through sacred art.
The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour will feature a mandala sand painting celebration March 15-17 in the Mendenhall Student Center. Each day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the monks will lay millions of grains of sand into place on a platform to create a mandala. The mandala, according to tradition, is a symbol of the universe in its ideal form.
The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour, a Richard Gere and Drepung Loseling Productions, is intended to bring the diverse culture of Tibet to the world through performances by the monks as well as exhibitions, lectures, workshops and educational programs. To date, the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.
The tour has three main purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing; to generate awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.
Several other events are planned, including a special performance March 14, “Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing.” Doors will open at Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning an hour later.
A lecture, “The Ancient Art of Healing,” is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Hendrix Theatre in Mendenhall Student Center. These two events are open only to the ECU community, and a One Card is required for Admission.
On March 16, the ECU community will also have a chance to create sand art from 1-5 p.m. in the Student Activities and Organizations suite of the Mendenhall Student Center.
The week will wrap up with a closing ceremony noon March 18 at Mendenhall Student Center, followed by a procession to the Greenville Town Common. The mandala sand will then be dispersed into the Tar River as a sacred blessing.
The events are sponsored by the ECU Student Activities Board, the College of Arts & Sciences, Religious Studies and Asian Studies.
For more information about the Mystical Arts of Tibet, the mandala sand painting, or any of the events, please visit the ECU Student Activities Board website at www.ecu.edu/sab or call Alex Davis at 252-328-4713.
Photo courtesy of the Drepung Loseling Monastery website.
Alex Davis, ECU Student Activities Board