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Tibetan Tantric Art: Creation of a Sand Mandala

Sep 11, 2006 to Nov 7, 2006

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By Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery Of all the artis

By Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery Of all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, ‘painting’ with coloured sand is one of the most exquisite and the opportunity to view the creation of a sand mandala is one experience not to be missed. The Buddhist Society is privileged to have monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery in-residence for one week as they create and subsequently destroy a sand mandala. You are invited to stop by once, twice or every day to watch the sand mandala take shape, speak with the monks, learn more about Tibetan art or simply sit and meditate. The mandala will be created over a period of five days during which millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid in place using hollow pipes called Chak-purs, through which the sand is vibrated into the design. When the mandala is finally completed it will be ritually dismantled during a colourful ceremony to symbolise the impermanence of all that exists. Viewing the construction of the Sand Mandala The sand mandala is free to view from Monday 11th September – Friday 15th September. 10am to 6pm. --------------------------------------------- Public Talk - Wednesday 13th September 2006 at 6.30 pm. --------------------------------------------- The Meaning behind the Mandala by Jane Rasch, UK Administrator of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust. A look behind the intricate design of the mandala, its purpose and the process of its construction and destruction. Tashi Lhunpo, the seat of the Panchen Lama, is one of the great six teaching monasteries of the Tibetan Gelugpa or Yellow Hat tradition. Until 1959 there were over 6,000 monks and students associated with the monastery. Now in exile, the monastery’s 300 monks follow the same course of study, with generations of teachers in the Maha Tantric College handing down the mystical arts of sand mandala making alongside the unique monastic dance and music. Jane Rasch taught English in Dharamsala in 1988, on her return working for the Office of Tibet in London, while arranging voluntary teaching posts for school leavers in Tibetan settlements in India and Nepal. She was Appeal Chairman for the Tibet Foundation Peace Garden at the Imperial War Museum, opened by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in May 1999, and co-ordinator of Dharma Networks for the visit of His Holiness to Glasgow in May 2004. As Administrator of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust, formed in 2003, she has managed four European cultural tours to support the Monastery in India. --------------------------------------------- Tibetan Art Workshop --------------------------------------------- Wednesday 13th September – 3pm – 4.30pm Buddhist Society members & cons - £4.00/Non-members £5.00 includes materials. To book places please telephone The Buddhist Society between 2pm-6pm Mon-Fri. Discover Tibetan art by taking part in an afternoon of creative workshops with the monks of Tashi Lhunpo. Workshops in sand mandala-making, butter sculpture, Tibetan calligraphy and prayer-flag printing are all on offer. All proceeds from the workshops go direct to Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. --------------------------------------------- Destruction of Sand Mandala --------------------------------------------- Saturday 16th September. Viewing from 10am. Destruction Ceremony 11-11.30am. Free entry please let us know if you are coming because numbers are limited. An opportunity to view the completed Mandala at The Buddhist Society and to be present at the destruction ceremony at the end of five days of painstaking work by the monks, and carry away with you some of the blessed sand.

For further information, please contact: The Buddhist Society 58 Eccleston Square London SW1V 1PH tel: 020 7834 5858 fax: 020 7976 5238 email: info@thebuddhistsociety.org website: www.thebuddhistsociety.org


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