Mystical Arts of Tibet

  • Monks begin work on a mandala sand painting

    From October 19 to October 26, 10 Tibetan monks will be in residence at IUP to construct a sand mandala (representation of the universe), carve a butter sculpture, put on three short performances of Tibetan chanting and dance, and give four lectures.

    Visitors may also participate in the community sand art (using the same implements as the monks do when they construct a mandala) make a peace flag, color in mandalas, and help put together mandala puzzles. Unless otherwise noted, all events and activities take place in the HUB Ohio Room.  All events are free.

    2015 Schedule

    Monday, October 19

    12:20–1:10 p.m. — Opening Presentation

    1:10–6:15 p.m. — Mandala Construction

    6:00–7:30 p.m. — Six O’Clock Series: “The Mystical Arts of Tibet—Introductory Remarks” and “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance” Mini-performance

    7:40–8:30 p.m. — Mandala Construction

    Tuesday, October 20

    12:00–5:30 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction

    7:15–8:45 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction

    7:30–8:30 p.m. — Lecture by Khentrul Rinpoche: “Mantra, Mudra, and Mandala: An Introduction to Tibetan Buddhist Practice” (Susquehanna)

    Wednesday, October 21

    12:00–5:30 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction

    12:20–1:10 p.m. — Lecture: “The Buddhist Understanding of Mind: A Lecture by Khentrul Rinpoche”  (Susquehanna Room)

    7:00–8:00 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction

    7:00–8:00 p.m. — Lecture and Discussion: “Words of Wisdom: A Conversation with Khentrul Rinpoche” (Susquehanna Room)

    8:10–8:30 p.m. — “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance” Mini-performance

    Thursday, October 22

    12:00–5:30 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction       

    7:00–8:00 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction

    7:00–8:00 p.m. — Kipp Seelhorst Memorial Lecture: Wisdom and Compassion: The Symbolism of the Mandala” (Susquehanna Room)

    8:10–8:30 p.m. — “Sacred Music, Sacred Dance” Mini-performance

    Friday October 23

    12:00–5:30 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction                     

    Saturday, October 24

    12:00–5:00 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction

    6:00–7:30 p.m. — Interfaith dinner (Calvary Presbyterian Church, Islamic Community Center)

    Sunday, October 25

    1:00–5:00 p.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction

    Monday, October 26

    10:00–11:30 a.m. — Mandala and Butter Sculpture Construction

    11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m. — Completed Mandala and Sculpture on display

    12:20–1:45 p.m. — Closing Presentation (From HUB to 15th Street)

    Sponsors

    The monks’ residence at IUP is sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, Asian Studies Committee, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, IUP Student Cooperative Association, Committee for the Study of Culture and Religion, Office of International Education, Center for Multicultural Student Leadership and Engagement, Robert E. Cook Honors College, Office of Social Equity, IUP Punxsutawney campus, Kipp Seelhorst Memorial Fund, Asian Studies Club, and the departments of Anthropology, Economics, English, Geography and Regional Planning, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology.