Mystical Arts of Tibet

Mystical Arts of Tibet

April 14, 2017, 8:00pm
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Mystical Arts of Tibet

Presented by Cal Poly Arts
ALEX & FAYE SPANOS THEATRE

For over 25 years, the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery have crossed the globe to offer these authentic, sacred Tibetan arts to enchanted audiences. The world music and dance spectacle of multi-phonic throat singing and chanting creates an aura of “otherworldliness” when experienced live. The Monks will also be in residence at the University for four days while they create an amazing Mandala Sand Painting in Cal Poly’s University Union, and the entire community is invited to observe their process and participate in creating a community mandala.
PRE-SHOW LECTURE SCHEDULED
Co-presented by ASI Events
Tour support provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)
and the National Endowment for the Arts

Sponsored by East Wellbeing & Tea, New Times 

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Tibetan Buddhist Monks Construct a Mandala Sand Painting
and Unique Sculpture Exhibit at the Cal Poly University Union


As part of their Cal Poly Arts residency, the monks will construct a Mandala Sand Painting in the University Union (UU) on the Cal Poly campus. The mandala sand painting will begin with an opening ceremony, in the UU Plaza at noon on Monday, April 10, during which the lamas will consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation.

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand will be painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over five days to form the image of a mandala. In general, all mandalas have outer, inner and secret meanings. 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 enlightened mind; and on the secret level, they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect purification and healing on these three levels.

The monks will work on the Mandala throughout the week of April 10 – from 10 am - 6 pm daily – until the Closing Ceremony on Friday, April 14 at noon, at which time the sacred painting will be gracefully destroyed and the Monks will walk with it in a procession to a nearby stream, into which it will be poured during a ceremony. The monks will also instruct students and community participants in how to create a sand painting so that a “community mandala” will be developed during the week as well. There will also be a Tibetan Marketplace selling Tibetan handcrafts in the UU and East Wellbeing & Tea will have a sampling booth in the UU Plaza.


Local Artist, David Settino Scott will display several of his art works from the Peace Project, including an architectural model of the proposed project, on the second floor of the campus Kennedy Library. These are life-sized encaustic sculptures of Buddhist monks.