Welcome back, Tibetan Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery!
They have returned to create another sand mandala in the atrium of the Telfair Museum in Savannah, Georgia.
At the closing ceremony on Sept. 29, 2 p.m., the monks will destroy the mandala and distribute some of the sand to the audience.
They will then invite the audience to proceed with them to the Savannah River, where they release the remaining sand into the river to disperse the mandala’s healing energies throughout the world.
What’s a mandala?
According to Wikipedia, “A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the Universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often exhibit radial balance.”
About the Drepung Loseling Monastery
According to their website, “Drepung Loseling is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion.
A center for the cultivation of both heart and intellect, it provides a sanctuary for the nurturance of inner peace and kindness, community understanding, and global healing. In implementing this vision, Drepung Loseling has two main objectives:
- To contribute to North American culture by providing theoretical knowledge and practical training in Tibetan Buddhist scholarly traditions for Western students, scholars and the general public; and
- To help preserve the endangered Tibetan culture, which today leads a fragile existence in the exiled refugee communities in India and Nepal.”
Dalai Lama in Atlanta Oct 8-10
His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama, Presidential Distinguished Professor at Emory University, will return to Atlanta for a series of public and campus events, including programs on responsible citizenship, ethics and education.
Tickets for the public events on Oct. 8 at the Gwinnett Center Arena are on sale.
— Kristine K. Stevens
Sept. 29 Update: Buddhist monks sweep their art into a pile, give the audience small samples and poUr the rest of it into the Savannah River as a gesture of sharing its goodness with the world.