Tibetan Sand Mandala on View at UMass

“Healing the Earth”: Tibetan Sand Mandala on View at UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Stage

The Asian Arts & Culture Program at the UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center opens its 20th Anniversary season with an outstanding event that speaks to transformation and healing of our planet and ourselves. The Fine Arts Center Concert Hall stage hosts Healing the Earth: the Tibetan Sand Mandala, a visual artwork exploding with color and design, created on by eleven Tibetan monks.

Among all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. In the Tibetan language this art is called dul-tson-kyil-khor.  The literal translation means a “mandala of colored powders.” This week come see eleven Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery at work as they use traditional instruments to lay down the finest grains of colored sand to produce a work of art that explodes with color and detail.  This unique event happens at UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst, MA from Wednesday, September 25th – Friday, September 27th, 2013 and highlights the power of the healing arts to ignite peace and tolerance throughout the world.

Over a period of days, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in a circular design – a mandala – drawn on a flat platform.  The mandala, using traditionally prescribed symbols, geometric shapes, and images, is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants.  The experience of viewing this sand mandala will be particularly educational for those interested in, or studying, math and geometry, visual arts and color theory, world cultures, community values and traditions, and respect for the environment.

Sand Mandalas are an ancient Tibetan art form that were used to teach compassion, environmental relations and impermanency. With Tibet being one of the last ancient civilizations, teaching kids the history behind this ancient art form can supplement their global awareness of world civilizations and cultures. Witnessing the making and destruction of one of these amazing sand mandalas joins art and history together into a creative and tactile demonstration.

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Candle for Tibet

Tony(a) Lemos of Ashfield writes:

Hi everyone,

Some of you may already know about Candle 4 Tibet who are organizing a light protest on August 7th, just prior to the opening day of the Bejiing Olympics in support of Freedom For Tibet.

In support, here in Ashfield at Blazing Star Herbal School we are going to have our second fire circle this summer on August 7th from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Please bring a candle and a blessing/prayer/poem you would like to share and don’t leave your drums/rattles behind!

If you are interested please also add your light to their website (www.candle4tibet.org), as of now 508,035 people have joined worldwide. As many of you know this is a cause near and dear to my heart. It is so painful everytime my daughter Zoe looks at a map and says, “Mama why is Tibet not on this map? How can I be from somewhere that is not on the map?”

I’m hopeful that you will join us on August 7th at 7:30pm. I know it is late, but please bring the family. Email me for directions if needed. Please feel free to spread the word. This is a free event open to the community. Read the rest of this entry »

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