Start Date: Monday, Sept. 16, 2013
at 8 a.m.
End Date: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 at 3 p.m.
Location: Social Sciences & Art Hall Art Gallery
Contact: BVU Art Gallery
Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandala literally means “that which extracts the essence.” On the tour the monks create two-dimensional sand mandalas which are of the most intricate and labor-intensive type; requiring incredible amounts of concentration. At times the execution of the design even pivots on the placement of a single grain of sand. Each sand mandala’s cosmic diagram represents the dwelling place of a particular deity. The intricate and multi-layered mandalas are where iconography, placement, color and form combine to create a vision which represents the entire universe. As unique as its creation, the ritual of dissolution is profound; and in graphic fashion it expresses the core teachings of impermanence. From Monday, September 16 through Friday, September 20, come and watch the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery work on their sand mandala. While at BVU, the monks will also execute a full stage performance featuring sacred sounds, dance, and life from the roof of the world.