TIBET CONSCIOUSNESS – TIBETAN MYSTICISM
Mystical Buddhist traditions of Tibet is known for use of ‘MANTRA'(Mystical words) and ‘MANDALA'(Sacred Diagrams). Eleven Tibetan Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform from November 16-19 at Arkansas State University Mountain Home presenting Tibetan Arts, Sacred Dance, and Sacred Music to promote World Healing.
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Mystical arts of Tibet come to Mountain Home
Bulletin Staff 2:48 p.m. CST November 11, 2015
Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery create a sand mandala painting, similar to the one they will create at ASUMH next week. In addition, they will be performing Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing as part of ASUMH’s fifth Performing Arts Series at The Sheid on Nov. 19. (Photo: Submitted)
Arkansas State University Mountain Home will host 11 Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery on Nov. 16-19.
This is one of the most unique things to happen in Mountain Home in a long time, according to Christy Keirn, ASUMH spokesperson.
“We hope that the community will come visit the Vada Sheid Community Development Center (The Sheid) during the scheduled events,” according to Keirn.
Eleven Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will do a Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing performance and mandala sand painting, according to a press release. In elaborate costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the monks have recently been featured on the hit show House of Cards. In recent years the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours have featured the multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling Monastery, performing in numerous U.S. venues.
Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants, according to information from Keirn.
Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery in traditional dress. They will be at ASUMH next week to create a sand mandala painting and perform traditional temple music and mystical masked dances as part of ASUMH’s fifth Performing Arts Series. (Photo: Submitted)
Monday, the monks will arrive at ASUMH and get settled at The Sheid, KIeirn said. The first scheduled activity is at noon, when they will hold an opening ceremony for the mandala sand painting they will be creating over the next several days. Performers will be in full costume for this ceremony.
Monday afternoon, the monks will begin their sand painting. The Sheid will be open until 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday for viewing, as the monks work on the mandala. There will always be at least one monk working on the mandala during viewing hours, she added.
Thursday morning, the monks will be putting the finishing touches on the sand mandala, and at noon, they will hold a closing ceremony. During the closing ceremony, the sand mandala will be destroyed and consecrated sand will be distributed in tiny bags to the audience as mementos.
The closing ceremony on Thursday at noon will be another presentation with costumes and music, as the monks will lead a walk to Dodd Creek on campus, where the remaining sand will be poured into the water in a symbolic gesture, Keirn said.
While in The Sheid, I would encourage people to also view a photography exhibit by Mountain Home native Ethan Barrow, she added.
In addition, there will be a community sand mandala painting where everyone can participate in creating one enormous work of art. The monks will be training four volunteers who will then assist visitors in using the tools to create our very own community sand mandala.
There is no charge to view or participate in any of this, she added.
On Thursday evening, as a part of ASUMH’s fifth Performing Arts Series, the monks will be presenting Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing. This 90-minute performance includes traditional temple music and mystical masked dances with elaborate costumes and unique multiphonic singing. Tickets for the event are available online at http://www.thesheid.com or at The Sheid box office. Prices are $12.50 for all ASUMH students, and anyone 18 or under; and $25 for other individuals.
There will be Tibetan merchandise for sale at The Sheid during the monk’s visit. CD’s, tapes, Tibetan artifacts and jewelry will be sold by the monastery and 100 percent of the sale of this merchandise goes to Drepung Loseling Monastery.
The Mystical Arts of Tibet schedule:
Monday, Nov. 16
Opening Ceremony at Noon – no charge to view
Mandala Sand Painting Noon – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 17 & Wednesday, Nov. 18
no charge to view
Mandala Sand Painting 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19 – no charge to view
Mandala Sand Painting 10 – 11 a.m.
Closing Ceremony – Noon
Thursday, Nov. 19 – 7 p.m. ticketed event
Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing
Tickets for November 19 evening performance: http://thesheid.com/plan/itickets.dot
This event is sponsored by the ASUMH Diversity Committee
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