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Inside the Arts blog
My first show will be next Tuesday, May 24th and I'll be speaking with a monk from the Drepung Gomang Monastery who is visiting the area on the Sacred Arts Tour 2011. It ought to be interesting. Send me questions ahead of time to lighten my load! More info on their Facebook page, their website or the New York Times. The Town of Chapel Hill press release is below.
Sacred Arts Tour 2011 comes to Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill welcomes the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery; a window into another culture. The tour begins with an opening ceremony on May 22, 2011 at 523 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, NC. The monks will complete their sacred sand mandala over the course of five days and will hold a deconstruction ceremony on May 30, 2011. The mandala construction site will be open to the public from May 22 until May 30.
The Mandala, Tibetan sand painting, is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. The mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning “cosmogram” or “world in harmony.” Mandalas are drawings in three-dimensional forms of sand. In Tibetan, this art is called dul-tson-kyilkhor which means “mandala of colored powders.” The monks begin by consecrating the site of the mandala sand painting with approximately 30 minutes of chants, music and mantra recitation. This event is visually and acoustically striking.
Throughout the monks visit, there will be classes for children and adults. The classes include sand painting and creating butter sculptures in the Losar tradition taking place May 27-29. 100% of all proceeds go directly to support, educate, house, feed, and clothe nearly 2000 refugee monks living at the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Southern India.
Gallery hours 10am – 6:30pm
For event information, class registration, and volunteer opportunities visit www.monkstour.info