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Sacred Tibetan Sand Mandala at Nazareth College

Nazareth College's Center for Spirituality and its Asian Studies Department in collaboration with Brighton Pathways to Health are sponsoring the Monks from Namgyal Monastery for this very special program.

Of all the traditional Tibetan tantric practices, the art of painting with colored sand is one of the most unique and exquisite.

Sand Mandala

Sand Mandalas

In Tibetan language, this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor, which literally means "mandala of colored powders."

Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks before ultimately being dismantled in order to release and disseminate the deity's blessings into the world to benefit all sentient beings.

The sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for consecrating, or blessing, the earth and its inhabitants, and provides for the practitioner a visual framework for establishing the enlightened mind of the Buddha.

Acting as cultural ambassadors from the exiled personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, the monks of Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies have become especially well known for the creation of sand mandala exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the world. more info on Sand Mandalas
Photo credits - With Gratitude to Namgyal Monastery Institute of Buddhist Studies, Ithaca, New York.

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At Nazareth College

April 2, 2014 (Wednesday)
At Lorette Wilmot Library
9:00-10:00 Opening Ceremony
10:00 - 5:00pm Sand painting
(Free and Open to the Public)

April 3, 2014 (Thursday)
At Lorette Wilmot Library
9:00-5:00 Sand Painting
(Free and Open to the Public)

April 3, 2014
(Thursday Evening)
At Shults Center
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Talk on Loving Kindness and Compassion - click here
Free to current Nazareth Students & Faculty
$15.00 in advance
$20.00 at the door
Click here for advance tickets

April 4, 2014 (Friday)
At Lorette Wilmot Library
9:00 a.m. - 11:30 Sand Painting
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 Dissolution and Closing Ceremony
(Free and Open to Public)

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Donations in any amount.
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100% of all proceeds go to Namgyal Monks and the Monastery.