Like sands through the man­dala

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

Looking for some­thing to soothe and nour­ish the soul just be­fore the hol­i­day frenzy? Ob­serv­ing a group of Ti­betan monks cre­ate a man­dala through sand paint­ing or lis­ten­ing to their mul­ti­phonic singing can do that.

The monks of Dre­pung Losel­ing Monastery, es­tab­lished in the 15th cen­tury near Lhasa and now af­fil­i­ated with Emory Uni­ver­sity, will be­gin con­struct­ing a man­dala at Seret & Sons Gallery (121 San­doval St.), cen­tered around Green Tara, a fe­male Bud­dha. The event is part of a pro­gram called The Mys­ti­cal Arts of Ti­bet, a Richard Gere& Dre­pung Losel­ing Pro­duc­tion hosted by Seret& Sons and pre­sented in co­op­er­a­tion with the Santa Fe-based Gin­dak Foun­da­tion.

Cre­ated over the course of nearly two weeks, the man­dala will be com­posed of mil­lions of grains of col­ored sand, me­thod­i­cally poured by the monks. In con­junc­tion with the build­ing of the man­dala, chant­ing and med­i­ta­tion pe­ri­ods will be con­ducted by the monks at 4:30 p.m. daily, beginning Mon­day, Dec. 7, and con­tin­u­ing through Dec. 18.

Open­ing cer­e­monies take place at Seret & Sons at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 6. View­ing times are sched­uled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon­day, Dec. 7, through Satur­day, Dec. 19, with clos­ing fes­tiv­i­ties at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 20. The open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies, as well as the view­ing pe­ri­ods are free and open to the pub­lic (do­na­tions are wel­come).

As part of the cel­e­bra­tion, the Dre­pung Losel­ing monks will give a con­cert of tra­di­tional Ti­betan tem­ple mu­sic and masked dances (ac­com­pa­nied by mem­bers of Santa Fe’s lo­cal Ti­betan com­mu­nity) at the James A. Lit­tle The­ater (1060 Cer­ril­los Road) at 7 p.m. on Sun­day, Dec. 13. Tick­ets are $20, $15 for se­niors and chil­dren un­der 12; chil­dren un­der 5 are ad­mit­ted free. Mo­mos, or Ti­betan dumplings, will be sold dur­ing in­ter­mis­sion and be­fore the per­for­mance. Ad­vance tick­ets are avail­able at The Ark Book­store (133 Romero St., 988-3709) and Seret & Sons Gallery or at the door on the evening of the per­for­mance. For in­for­ma­tion on other ac­tiv­i­ties as­so­ci­ated with the pro­gram — in­clud­ing a Dec. 11-13 relic tour and a talk by Geshe Lob­sang Ten­zin on “The Heal­ing Power of Com­pas­sion: In­sights From the Con­ver­gence of Mod­ern Sci­ence and the Bud­dhist Sci­ence of Mind” on Dec. 19, both at Seret & Sons— see mys­ti­calart­soft­i­ or call Clear Light Books at 989-9590.

Dre­pung Losel­ing monks with a com­pleted sand man­dala

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