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Architecture of Enlightenment

A Richard Gere & Drepung Loseling Production
October 9 – October 14, 2007

In conjunction with Bhutan, the Cloud Kingdom

An Opening Ceremony will begin this rich and rewarding experience for Art Museum visitors. The visiting Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will begin by preparing the site for the Mandala Sand Painting with 30-minutes of chanting and music. After the Opening Ceremony, the Monks will start drawing the line design for the Mandala. Throughout their time at the Museum, the Monks will pour millions of grains of sand into place.

The Monks conclude their creation of the Mandala after approximately 30 hours of teamwork with the consecration of the Mandala. During the closing ceremony, the Monks dismantle the Mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. The Sand will be carried by the Monks to the ocean – accompanied by the public – where the sand will be ceremonially poured to disperse the healing energies of the Mandala throughout the world.
Schedule of Events:
Tuesday, October 9, 5:30-7pm Opening Ceremony
Thursday, October 11, 7pm Lecture – The Symbolism of the Mandala Sand Painting
Sunday, October 14, 1:30-3:30pm Closing Ceremony

For additional information about the Drepung Loseling Monastery visit

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