Workshop: Mandalas and the Human Spirit, Part II


Co-Sponsored by The Jung Center

Please note that this workshop takes place off-site at The Jung Center, 5200 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006.

Discover Tibetan and psychological perspectives on the mandala and learn how it can be a tool for spiritual reflection and self-exploration.

Drawing from traditions across time and geography, Jung believed that depictions of sacred circles reflect the deep ordering structures of the human psyche, and that these circles appear in dreams and the imagination at times of transition and crisis. Tibetan Buddhism, which Jung described as including “the best and most significant mandalas,” understands mandalas as sacred spaces, externally and internally, that one can connect to through specific meditative practices.

Our discussion of these different perspectives on sacred circles may provoke new insight among presenters and participants alike. What happens when a specific religious practice or symbol is used to make a psychological point? We will practice a Tibetan meditation related to mandalas and use our reflective process to create our own mandala, whether expressed on paper or visualized. No artistic skill or previous meditative experience necessary.

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

A corresponding workshop on Saturday, July 22 at Asia Society Texas Center will explore the history and contemporary use of mandalas. The July 22 workshop will have a separate, FREE hands-on experience available for children to learn about the colors, symbols, and numbers used in mandala creation. 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

Fri 28 Jul 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
5200 Montrose Blvd Houston, TX 77006
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$35 Asia Society and Jung Center Members, $45 Nonmembers. Discounts available for those also registering for the July 22 workshop in advance. Contact or 713.496.9914 with questions.
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