The Mystical Arts of Tibet Featuring the Tibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery

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Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a mandala sand painting and perform special ceremonies August 18-21 in Asia Society Texas Center’s Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery. During this ritual, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants.

 

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Gallery Hours

Because the event is offered free to the public, at high traffic times admission is not guaranteed. Overflow seating with a simulcast of the monks working will be offered in the Education Center.

Thursday, August 18: 12 pm-6 pm
Friday, August 19: 10 am-6 pm
Saturday, August 20: 10 am-7 pm*
Sunday, August 21: 10 am-completion of Closing Ceremony

*The monks will be working on the sand mandala from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, August 20. The gallery will remain open until 7 pm for visitors to view the sand mandala.

 

Special Events

Opening Ceremony | Thursday, August 18, 12 pm | FREE Admission
The mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness through chanting, music, and mantra recitation. The lamas then begin the painting by drawing an outline of the mandala on a wooden platform. In the following days, they lay the colored sands using a traditional metal funnel called a chakpur.

Community Mandala | Saturday, August 20, 11 am-3 pm (while supplies last) | FREE
Guests are invited to take part in the art by contributing to a separate community sand painting on Saturday. Instruction will be given on how to use the chakpur to fill in the design with sand.

Sacred Music and Dance Performance | Saturday, August 20, 7 pm | SOLD OUT
Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America
Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Drepung Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dance intended to kindle world healing. The Loseling monks are particularly renowned for their multiphonic chanting known as zokkay (complete chord) and are the only culture on earth that cultivates this most extraordinary vocal ability. Each of the main chantmasters simultaneously intones three notes, thus each individually creating a complete chord.

Closing Ceremony | Sunday, August 21, 3 pm | FREE Admission
The monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of life. Half of the sands will be distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while supplies last, and the remainder will be deposited into a natural body of water.

 

About Mandala Sand Paintings

This artistic tradition of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand, ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date, the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram. These cosmograms can be created in various media, such as watercolor on canvas, wood carvings, and so forth. However, the most spectacular and enduringly popular are those made from colored sand.

In general, all mandalas have outer, inner, and secret meanings. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightened mind; and on the secret level they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear-light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect purification and healing on these three levels.

Hours and Admission

The exhibition and its related events (with the exception of Saturday's ticketed performance) are free and open to the public.

Because the event is offered free to the public, at high traffic times admission is not guaranteed. Overflow seating with a simulcast of the monks working will be offered in the Education Center.

The gallery will be open during the following hours:

Thursday, August 18, 12 pm-6 pm (Opening Ceremony starts at 12 pm)
Friday, August 19, 10 am-6 pm
Saturday August 20, 10 am-7 pm* (Community mandala from 11 am to 3 pm, while supplies last. A special ticketed performance begins at 7 pm)
Sunday, August 21, 10 am-completion (Closing Ceremony starts at 3 pm)

*The monks will be working on the sand mandala from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, August 20. The gallery will remain open until 7 pm for visitors to view the sand mandala.

 

Photography

Photography of the exhibition without flash is permitted.

Videos

This event will be live streamed each day during the hours in which the gallery is open . A new link will be provided each day.

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Press Release

Houston, Texas, May 25, 2016—Asia Society Texas Center is pleased to welcome back to Houston the Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery. From August 18-21, the monks will construct a sand mandala and perform ceremonies in the Center’s Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery. During this ritual, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in order to purify and heal the environment and its inhabitants.

Last year’s mandala creation and ceremonies drew more than 3,300 visitors to Asia Society Texas Center. New to this year’s program is a special sacred music and dance performance on Saturday, August 20. The monks will draw from ancient Tibetan traditions to perform multiphonic chanting, music, and dance.

Admission to the special exhibition and its related activities (with exception to Saturday’s evening performance) is free and open to the public. Asia Society Texas Center is located at 1370 Southmore Boulevard in Houston’s Museum District.

 

Gallery Hours and Admission

Because the event is offered free to the public, at high traffic times admission is not guaranteed. Overflow seating with a simulcast of the monks working will be offered in the Education Center.

Thursday, August 18, 12 pm – 6 pm (Opening Ceremony starts at 12 pm)

Friday, August 19, 10 am – 6pm

Saturday, August 20, 10 am – 7pm*

Sunday, August 21, 10 am – completion (Closing Ceremony starts at 3 pm)

*The monks will be working on the sand mandala from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, August 20. The gallery will remain open until 7 pm for visitors to view the sand mandala.

 

Special Events

Opening Ceremony | Thursday, August 18, 12 pm | FREE Admission

The mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness through chanting, music, and mantra recitation. The lamas then begin the painting by drawing an outline of the mandala on a wooden platform. In the following days, they lay the colored sands using a traditional metal funnel called a chakpur.

Community Mandala | Saturday, August 20, 11 am - 3 pm (while supplies last) | FREE
Guests are invited to take part in the art by contributing to a separate community sand painting on Saturday. Instruction will be given on how to use the chakpur to fill in the design with sand.

Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing | Saturday, August 20, 7 pm | Ticketed

Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Drepung Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dance intended to kindle world healing. The Loseling monks are particularly renowned for their multiphonic chanting known as zokkay (complete chord). Each of the main chantmasters simultaneously intones three notes, thus each individually creating a complete chord.

Closing Ceremony | Sunday, August 21, 3 pm | FREE Admission

The monks will dismantle the mandala on Sunday, August 21 at 3 pm, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of life. Half of the sands will be distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while supplies last, and the remainder will be deposited into a natural body of water.

 

About Mandala Sand Paintings

This artistic tradition of Tantric Buddhism, painting with colored sand, ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date, the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word meaning sacred cosmogram. These cosmograms can be created in various media, such as watercolor on canvas, wood carvings, and so forth. However, the most spectacular and enduringly popular are those made from colored sand.

In general, all mandalas have outer, inner, and secret meanings. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into enlightened mind; and on the secret level they depict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear-light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to effect purification and healing on these three levels.

 

Download the press release here.

Credits

The Mystical Arts of Tibet tours are organized by the Drepung Loseling Monastery. The exhibition at Asia Society Texas Center and is made possible through major support from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy C. Allen, Leslie and Brad Bucher, Mary Lawrence Porter, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Nancy and Robert J. Carney, The Clayton Fund, the Hearst Foundations, Reinnette and Stan Marek, and anonymous friends of Asia Society. Lead funding also provided by Holland and Jereann Chaney, The Favrot Fund, Bebe Woolley and Dan Gorski, and Dorothy Carsey Sumner, with additional support provided by Olive M. Jenney. Funding is also provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and through contributions from the Friends of Exhibitions, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional visual art to Asia Society Texas Center.

  

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