Buddhist Sand Mandala for Compassion

Sand Mandala

Thu, 11/07/2013

Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Sera Jey Monastery in Bylakuppe, India, one of the premier leading Buddhist monastic institutes in the world will visit Loyola University New Orleans on November 12 - 14, 2013

The Sera Jey monks are on a U.S. tour to perform sacred music and art. Their aim is to sow the seeds of world harmony and compassion, and to bring attention to their monastic secondary school in India. The monks will create a sand mandala and perform sacred music on Loyola's campus.

The Sand Mandala for Compassion will be created starting Tuesday, November 12, with an opening ceremony from 9-9:30am in the One Loyola Room of the Danna Center.  Work by the monks will continue between 9am and 5pm until the closing ceremony on Thursday, November 14 at 4:30pm.     

The Sand Mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition of drawing a sacred design with colorful sands. Each mandala symbolically represents the palace of enlightened activities of a specific Buddha and his entourage. Every aspect has a symbolic meaning, nothing is arbitrary. The mandala is used as a base for meditation to spread blessings and inspirations. The mandala will be dissolved with prayers; the dissolution represents the impermanence of life. After the closing ceremony, the monks will distribute sand to attendees as a blessing and pour the sand into a body of water to spread compassion.

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