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Tibetan monks hold mandala sand painting exhibition

Tibetan Monks Sand Mandala Exhibit
Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will hold a sand mandala exhibition at Penn State Berks, beginning on Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. and ending on Thursday, February 24, at 6:00 p.m. This exhibition is free and open to the public.

From all the artistic traditions 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. The lamas begin by drawing an outline of the mandala on a wooden platform.

They then lay the colored sands by pouring the sand from traditional metal funnels called chak-pur. Traditionally, most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion; this act is completed as a metaphor for the impermanence of life.

This event is sponsored by the Arts and Lecture Series, Freyberger Gallery, and Campus Activities Board.  For more information, contact Campus Life at 610-396-6076.
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