Seven Tibetan monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehradun, India, will be creating a World Peace sand mandala in the foyer of the Carnegie Center from Tuesday, March 1 through Saturday, March 5, 2016. Tibetan monks have long produced intricate designs by carefully depositing finely ground colored stone using specially designed funnels call chak pur. After days of painstaking work, the finished design is swept away as a powerful reminder of the Buddhist principal of impermanence. The sand is then poured into a flowing body of water as an offering of the merit created to all beings.
The Tashi Kyil monks will also be presenting an evening program titled “Life in a Monastery”, and a Tibetan art workshop for children ages 5-12. Tibetan merchandise will be available for sale during the hours of the mandala construction. Proceeds from the sale of merchandise benefit the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery. The monks are touring the United States in conjunction with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana. The goals of this tour are to provide information about Tibetan culture, deliver a message of mutual understanding and tolerance, and to raise awareness and support for their reestablished monastery in India. The complete schedule of activities during the monks’ visit to the Carnegie Center is as follows:
Tuesday, March 1 12:00-12:30 pm Mandala opening ceremony
12:30-4:00 pm Mandala construction
Wednesday, March 2 – Friday, March 4 10:00 am-4:00 pm Mandala construction
Wednesday, March 2 12:00-12:30 pm Lunchtime meditation
Thursday, March 3 6:00-7:00 pm Evening Talk, “Life in a Monastery”
The monks of Tashi Kyil Monastery will give a presentation on Tibetan monastic life, an overview of the history of their monastery, and a demonstration of Tibetan monastic chanting and debate. Suggested donation is $5; however no one will be turned away for inability to pay.
Friday, March 4 12:00-1:00 pm Hands-on opportunity for the public to try sand painting
Saturday, March 5 10:00-11:00 am Tibetan Art Workshop for Children
An opportunity for children from ages 5-12 to work with Tibetan monks to produce their own sand paintings and Tibetan butter sculptures (using play dough). Parents are encouraged to attend. Space is limited to 20 participants. Suggested donation is $5; however, no one will be turned away for inability to pay. Advance registration is required due to limited space (please call 812-944-7336 to register).