Workshop: Mandalas and the Human Spirit, Part I


Co-Sponsored by The Jung Center

Join us for a creative exploration of these timeless sacred circles. Stemming from the Sanskrit word for circle, mandalas historically have played an important role in Indian and Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice and have taken on new significance in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Through creative exercises, meditation practice, and conversation, we will explore the history and contemporary use of mandalas and some of the questions that arise from putting ancient spiritual tools to new purposes.

Families are encouraged to attend together, with a separate and FREE hands-on experience available for children to learn about the colors, symbols, and numbers that are part of mandala creation before designing their own.

For educators, this workshop will count as 1.5 Continuing Education (CE) hours.

A corresponding workshop on Friday, July 28 at the Jung Center will examine Tibetan and psychological perspectives on mandalas and how they can be used as a tool for spiritual reflection and self-exploration. Receive a discount when you register for both courses in advance.

If you have questions, please contact Sarah Collins at or 713.496.9914.


About the Instructors

Alejandro Chaoul, PhD, a senior teacher at The 3 Doors, has been a student of Tibetan Buddhism since 1989, studying with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, and Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche. He is an assistant professor and director of education at MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Program, where he teaches Tibetan meditation to cancer patients, their families and caregivers, and researches the effects of Tibetan mind-body practices with cancer patients.

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC, is the executive director of The Jung Center. He has master’s degrees in religious studies and clinical psychology, and he completed his doctorate in psychology, with a concentration in Jungian studies, at Saybrook University. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice.


Performing Arts at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Bank of America. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Anchorage Foundation. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, Miller Outdoor Theatre, New England Foundation for the Arts, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center. The program is presented in collaboration with The Jung Center.

Presenting Sponsor

Program Sponsors

City of HoustonHouston Arts Alliance

Presenting Partner

Event Details

Sat 22 Jul 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

1370 Southmore Blvd Houston, TX 77004 713.496.9901

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$10 Asia Society and Jung Center Members, $15 Nonmembers. Discounts available for those also registering for the July 28 workshop in advance. Contact or 713.496.9914 with questions.
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