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Tibetan Buddhist Monks to Construct Mandala Sand Painting at Minnesota State Mankato

Tibetan Buddhist monks' work to be displayed.

2012-09-10
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office, 8-28-2012

Mankato, Minn. – Tibetan Buddhist monks from Deprung Loseling Monastery, Inc., in Atlanta, Ga.(pictured left), will construct a Mandala Sand Painting in the Centennial Student Union Hearth Lounge Sept. 4 to Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The opening ceremony and consecration of the site with music and a mantra recitation will be Sept. 4 at 12 p.m., and the closing ceremony will be Sept. 7 at 12 p.m.

Drepung Moseling, which is academically affiliated with Emory University in Atlanta, constructs Mandala Sand Paintings on tours in an effort to increase awareness in North America of the unique Tibetan culture, and also to help support Drepung Loseling Monastery in India.

According to the Deprung Loseling website, www.mysticalartsoftibet.org, painting with colored sand is a unique and intricate artistic tradition of Tantric Buddhism. Millions of grains of sand are placed strategically on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to create the image of a mandala.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word defined as a “sacred cosmogram.” Cosmograms can be composed of different media, such as watercolor on canvas, wood carvings, and the most popular – colored sand. Mandalas contain outer, inner and secret meanings that are said to purify and heal. The three points represent the world in its divine form, a map of the ordinary mind transformed and the balance of mind to body energies.

The event is sponsored by Minnesota State Mankato’s Office of Institutional Diversity and The Black Student Union. Institutional Diversity actively promotes a campus-wide cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of differences. The Black Student Union promotes and sustains an atmosphere that is conducive to the political, cultural, social, spiritual, economic and educational growth of students of African descent and the University community at-large.

For more information about Institutional Diversity and their activities, contact Shayla Braunshausen by email at shayla.braunshausen@mnsu.edu, by phone at 507-389-6126 or visit the Institutional Diversity homepage: http://www.mnsu.edu/cultdiv/.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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