Monks return to Aspen next week
August 14, 2009
ASPEN – Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala sand painting at the Aspen Chapel on Monday, with an opening ceremony at noon.
At 5 p.m., there will be a lecture and presentation by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin, who was once a monk but is now a professor at Emory University.
The construction of the mandala sand painting will continue through Thursday at the chapel. Millions of grains of sand will be painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants. It is also a symbol of the impermanence of life. Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram.
To date, the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. Visitors may come anytime during the day to observe the monks delicately designing the sand painting.
There will be various items from Tibet for sale during the mandela construction to help support the monastery.
The closing ceremony of the mandala will be Thursday, Aug. 20, at noon.
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For more information, call Gregg Anderson at the chapel at 925-7184, extension 102.