The Sacred Art of the Sand Mandala
- Copper Beech Institute
- 303 Tunxis Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107
- Apr 2, 2018 - Apr 5, 2018 (4 days)
- We ask for a free will offering to support the expense of bringing the monks from India to share their art and culture with our community.
According to Tibetan tradition, mandalas have outer, inner, and secret meaning. On the outer level, they represent the world in its divine form. On the inner level, they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into the enlightened mind. On the secret level, they predict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand mandala is said to effect purification and healing on all three levels.
The Buddhist monks are endorsed by his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and their teachings extend the possibility of global peace, non-violent conflict resolution, compassion and wisdom throughout the world. The monks demonstrate and express their peaceful ways through living art, ritual, dance and prayer. They offer rare, ancient, and culturally rich Tibetan art, customs and spiritual wisdom.
The monks are scholars and artisans, and their tour is supported 100 percent by a network of volunteers who invite them to share their gifts with the community. All donations support the monks’ ability to educate, feed, house, and care for about 2,000 monks living in a Tibetan Refugee camp of about 16,000 people in South India.
We welcome you to visit daily to see the beautiful designs emerge.
Monday: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 12:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closing ceremony at 4:00 p.m.
Tours of the Institute will be offered daily beginning at 1:15 pm, meet in Public Chapel.
We ask for a free will offering to support the expense of bringing the monks from India to share their art and culture with our community.
About Drepung Gomang Monastic College
Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 near Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. Gomang Dratsang or College is the oldest of the four colleges of Drepung. In 1959, before the invasion of Communist China, Drepung monastery had more than 10,000 monks. Since its beginning, Gomang College has produced many eminent Buddhist masters and has been a vital important Tibetan and Buddhist learning center. The Sacred Art Tour is traveling throughout the United States for a year. It is sponsored by the Drepung Gomang Institute, the monastery’s North American sister organization.