Tibetan Buddhist Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastary will be visiting our library from Wednesday, March 30th to Saturday, April 2nd. During their visit, they will be completing a sand mandala in the lounge area in the front of the library. Construction of the mandala is an amazing process that must be seen, in person, to truly gain a sense of the patience and discipline that go into making these beautiful pieces of temporary art. The mandala itself and the opening and closing ceremonies are highly symbolic and well worth coming to see.
The opening ceremony will be on March 30th at noon, and the closing ceremony will be on April 2nd at 1:30 p.m. There will be a special lecture on the symbolism of the mandala on Thursday, March 31st at 12:30 p.m.
For more information on the Drepung Loseling Monks, please visit their website.
Here is a video showing the process of constructing the mandala.
For more information about Buddhism, Tibet, Buddhist art, or meditation, I have created a list of materials that our library owns. Some will be on display in the library lounge during the event.