January 2013

Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, Georgia are constructing a sand mandala in the Blanton’s Rapoport Atrium January 9 – 13, 2013. This program is planned in conjunction with Into the Sacred City: Tibetan Buddhist Deities from the Theos Bernard Collection, an exhibition of Tibetan artworks from the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, on view at the Blanton through January 13.

Overhead view of sand mandala
Schedule of Events

Wednesday, January 9

Opening Ceremony
Experience the beauty of this ancient ritual and blessing of the space as monks prepare for the creation of the mandala.
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. — Chanting, music and mantra recitation
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. — Monks begin the drawing the line design for the mandala

Thursday, January 10 – Saturday, January 12

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday & Friday
11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Saturday
Construction of the sand mandala continues. Throughout its creation during regular museum hours, the monks will pour millions of grains of sand.

Public Tours
Thursday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m. & Saturday, January 12 at 3 p.m.
Join us for a docent-led tour of works from Into the Sacred City.

Special Lecture: Symbolism of the Sand Mandala
Saturday, January 12, 2 p.m.
Join the monks for a talk on the meaning of the sand mandala. Learn how, by creating a sand mandala, we attune ourselves and bring creative energy into our lives.

Sunday, January 13

Closing Ceremony
In a consecration ceremony representing impermanence, the monks will dismantle the sand mandala.
2 p.m. — Sand painting is completed, followed by disassembly of the mandala.
3:30 p.m. — The remaining sand will be poured into nearby Waller Creek. The public is invited to accompany the monks in a procession.

What to do next:

  • WATCH: “A masterpiece in minutes” — A video and story by CNN about an elaborate sand mandala created by monks in Atlanta.
  • FOLLOW: The Blanton and the Drepung Loseling monks are on Twitter! Follow us for updates on the sand mandala’s progress and interesting facts.

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