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A funnel and striker disperse sand to create a mandala.Jim Koepnick

The Mystical Arts of Tibet

March 17 – March 24, 2019

 Through a week-long ritual in the Paine’s Conservatory, Tibetan monks create a sacred Mandala with millions of grains of colorful sand. The event complements the exhibition Tibetan Portrait: The Power of Compassion on view in the Main Gallery and Gothic Gallery.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet

About the Exhibition

The Paine and The Grand Oshkosh have partnered to bring Tibetan lamas to Oshkosh for a week-long visit. The lamas are practicing Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, which is currently located in south India and was first established near Lhasa Tibet in 1416. The monks will share their ancient artistic practices with the community by creating a sand mandala throughout the week at the Paine and giving a performance of music and dance at the Grand.

The monks will consecrate the finished mandala with chants, music and mantra recitation before sweeping up the sand, a representation of the impermanence of all that exists. Some sand will be distributed to the audience for blessings of personal health and well-being. In addition to the monk’s performance at The Grand on Saturday, March 23, the week will include lectures and educational programs on topics such as meditation and kindness as well as a community art project of creating Tibetan prayer flags.


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The Mystical Arts of Tibet is a Richard Gere & Drepung Losling Production.