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Mystical Arts of Tibet: Mandala Sand Painting Exhibit

Alvarez College Union
October 22: 12 pm (opening ceremony)-6 pm
October 23 & 24: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October 25: 10 am - 12 pm (closing ceremony at 11 am)

“A universal expression of the human subconscious… it transports you.” – The Washington Post

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In Tibetan this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means "mandala of colored powders." Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks. Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. We encourage you to visit with the Tibetan Lamas of Drepung Loseling Monastery during their visit and observe this intricate and spiritual process.

Opening Ceremony
Monday, October 22
12:00 pm
Come watch as the monks consecrate the site of the mandala sand painting with chants, music, and mantra recitation.

Closing Ceremony
Thursday, October 25
11:00 am (Common Hour)
Come watch as the monks conclude their creation and sweep away the colored sand symbolizing the impermanence of all that exists.

Throughout the week, all observers will have the opportunity to participate in our own community sand painting along side the monks!