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ACES Scholarly Event: Watching the Creation of a Sand Mandala: Independent Observation

Date: Friday, September 20, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Social Sciences & Art Hall BVU Art Gallery

Mandala literally means “that which extracts the essence.” On the tour the monks create two-dimensional sand mandalas which are of the most intricate and labor-intensive type; requiring incredible amounts of concentration. At times the execution of the design even pivots on the placement of a single grain of sand. Each sand mandala’s cosmic diagram represents the dwelling place of a particular deity. The intricate and multi-layered mandalas are where iconography, placement, color and form combine to create a vision which represents the entire universe. As unique as its creation, the ritual of dissolution is profound; and in graphic fashion it expresses the core teachings of impermanence. You may choose selected hours between Monday, September 16 and  Friday, September 20, to witness and watch the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery work on their sand mandala.  You must spend one full hour with the monks, and you may only get credit once for this observation.

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