Mystical Arts of Tibet – Weeklong Residency by Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery

Mystical Arts of Tibet – Weeklong Residency by Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery

Contact: Dr. Melanie Trexler, trexler@roanoke.edu

Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India arrive at Roanoke College for a residency that includes creating a sand mandala in the atrium of the Colket Center, a lecture on meditation and sacred music. His Holiness the Dalai Lama endorses this tour as a means to promote global peace and healing by sharing Tibetan sacred performing and visual arts. The residency at Roanoke College offers a rare opportunity to witness one of the world’s most ancient sacred traditions presented by a group of monk artists for whom these traditions are a way of life.

The performers on the tour are genuine monks taking furlough from a life-long devotion to contemplation and study to participate in the tour. At the end of each tour the monks return to Drepung Loseling Monastery, re-established in South India, to continue their vocation.

Monday, September 23 – 1 p.m. Opening Ceremony for the Sand Mandala, Ballroom, Colket Center

Tuesday, September 24 – 3 p.m. “Symbolism of the Sand Mandala,” Ballroom, Colket Center

Thursday, September 26  – 3 p.m. “Meditation for Focus and Stress Relief,” Pickle, Colket Center

Friday, September 27 – 1 p.m. Closing Ceremony for the Sand Mandala, Ballroom, Colket Center

Hours to observe the monks creating a sand mandala in the atrium of Colket: Monday after opening ceremony until 6 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Friday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Support for the RC residency of the Drepung Loseling Monastery monks comes from the Copenhaver Scholar-in-Residency Program, the Jordan Endowment, the Department of Religion and Philosophy, and Peace and Justice Studies.