Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery
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About the Cultural Performance
The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing
Tibetan sacred music and dance is composed with great intention. Each piece of the performance was born centuries ago from a mystical visionary experience of a great saint or sage and has been transmitted through generations in an unbroken oral legacy.
The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for their multiphonic chanting known as zokkay (complete chord). Each of the main chant masters simultaneously intones three notes, thus each individually creating a complete chord. The Tibetans are the only culture on earth that cultivates this most extraordinary vocal ability.
This spectacular performance comprises selections believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the monks perform ancient temple music and dance for world healing.
Sun., July 21, 5:30 – 7 p.m., Teel Sanctuary, Love offering
About the Sand Mandala
Sand Mandala Painting of Avalokiteshvara, Bodhisattva of Compassion
From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala.
To date, the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, colleges and universities, and art centers in the United States and Europe.
The mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony where the lamas (spiritual leaders) consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation.
The lamas begin the exhibit by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. On the following days they lay the colored sands. Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life.
The following schedule is open to the public:
Wed., July 17, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Community Center
Thurs., July 18, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center
Fri., July 19, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center
Sat., July 20, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Community Center
Sat., July 20, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Community Center
Love offerings are greatly appreciated by the monks. Your donations support the Drepung Loseling Monastery to further its promotion of peace and healing throughout the world.
About the Loseling monks
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