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Sacred Arts of Tibet: Introduction and Opening

In this event attendees can learn about the sand painting being created in the Hanes Art Gallery throughout this week.

Mandala means literally “that which extracts the essence.” There are many different types of mandalas used by Tibetan Buddhists. They can be created in either two or three dimensions. Ours will be a two-dimensional sand mandala. These are without doubt the most creative, labor-intensive, and concentration-intensive of all mandalas created. This one will require between 75 and 125 hours of effort, completed by several monks at a time.

Each sand mandala represents the architectural layout of the entire palace of a specific deity. The Menla mandala, for example, represents the dwelling of the Medicine Buddha, who embodies the perfection of the physical and mental health of all beings. There are mufti-layered symbolic images throughout the “palace,” where iconography, placement, and color all have significance. Additionally, to the learned Tibetan Buddhist monk, the mandala represents his vision of the entire universe.

Sponsored by: IPLACe, Humanities Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, Intercultural Center, School of Divinity, Provost’s Office - Global Affairs, Office of Wellbeing, Department of Philosophy, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Chaplain’s Office and MindfulWake, Department for the Study of Religions, Department of History

Monday, October 15 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106