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‘Visions of Enlightenment’ at La Salle University

April 6, 2012

From April 10 to the 13th, La Salle University Art Museum, in cooperation with La Salle’s Diplomat In Residence Program, will be receiving visitors from India, Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastary.

On Tuesday, there will be a Tibet Cultural Pageant from 12:30 – 2 p.m. on the Main Quad. On Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Connelly Library, the monks will be  saying a ritual prayer (puja). On Thursday, there will be a presentation on the precepts and practices of Tibetan Buddhism from 12:30 – 2 p.m. in the Dunleavy Room, on the third floor or the Union Building.

Tuesday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the monks will be creating a Sand Mandala in the La Salle University Art Museum. A mandala is an ornate, geometric figure that symbolizes the universe according to Hindu and Buddhist belief. The sand mandala, a Tibetan Buddhist tradition, is created by a team of monks using colored sand. The design is often very complex and requires several monks working for many days with small funnels and scrapers. After the sand mandala is completed and viewed, it is dismantled. This is to represent the Buddhist doctrine that the material world and our physical being is transitory.

This sand mandala will be dismantled on Friday the 13th from 12 – 1 p.m. in the art museum.

For more information, click here or call 215.951.1015.

(a video from a sand mandala created at La Salle in 2005)

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