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Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery

Mandala Sand Painting

Sangamon Auditorium Lobby - Free and open to the public


Tibetan Monks Mandala Sand Painting Tibetan Monks Tibetan Monks

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 flat platform over a period of days creating a magnificent, vibrant colored work of art. 

This event is free to the public. Come learn the art of sand painting while participating in the creation of a Tibetan masterpiece. 

Event schedule for the Mandala Sand Painting:

Tuesday, April 24

- Opening ceremony at 12 noon

- Public viewing and construction 12 noon - 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 25

- Public viewing and construction, 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

- Tibet Today: The History of a Diaspora, public lecture by English-speaking representative of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., sponsored by the UIS Capital Scholars honors Program, the UIS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the UIS History and Anthropology Departments. This lecture focuses on the contemporary Tibet situation: the invasion by Communist China in the 1950s, the efforts of the refugees in exile to preserve their civilization, and the situation in occupied Tibet.

Thursday, April 26

- Public viewing and construction 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Friday, April 27
- Public viewing and construction 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

- Closing ceremony at 12 noon

- Pre-show discussion 7:15 p.m. One or two monks will participate in a pre-show discussion about their evening presentation Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing.  The discussion will be hosted by Bhikkhu Mahinda, longtime Springfield resident and former Buddhist monk

- Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing performance by theTibetan Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m. on the Sangamon Auditorium main stage. 



Sangamon Auditorium ~ University of Illinois Springfield ~ Tickets 217.206.6160 or 800.207.6960