Mandala Sand Painting Closing Ceremony

Friday, August 25, 2023 at 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Havener Center, Atrium
1346 N. Bishop Ave., Rolla, MO 65401

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting during the first week of classes in the Havener Center Atrium.

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of 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
fl at platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date the monks have
created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in
the United States and Europe.

Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as
a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfi ll the
function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is
carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to spread throughout the world for planetary healing. 

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Arts, Entertainment and Culture


Non-academic Departments, Leach Theatre, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


Free and open to the public

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Pamela Williams

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