Photo Credit Jan Garrison
All events are open to the public
August 11, 2016

The Tibetan Lamas from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will visit the Culver Academies campus for a series of cultural events during the week of Aug. 29. The events will include a special public performance at 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 1, as part of the Huffington Concert Series.

Tickets are now on sale at Culver Academies’ Steinbrenner Performing Arts Center Box Office or by contacting Marsha Coven via email or (574) 842-7058. Tickets will also be available at the Eppley Auditorium Box Office one hour before the performance.

Watch the sand mandala being created

On Monday, Aug. 29, the Lamas will begin work on a sand mandala in the lobby of Eppley Auditorium. Enrichment opportunities are scheduled throughout the week. Tickets are required for Thursday evening’s performance. During the performance the Lamas will perform a sacred music/sacred dance on stage. All events will take place or begin in Eppley Auditorium. The following events are open to the public:

Monday, Aug. 29
7 p.m. – Opening ceremony and drawing the Mandala

Tuesday, Aug. 30
8:30 a.m. – Lecture – Tibet Today: The History of Diaspora
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Mandala sand painting and individual mandala coloring

Wednesday, Aug. 31
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Mandala sand painting and individual mandala coloring
6:10 – 6:25 pm. – Meditation and Chanting
6:30 p.m. – Yoga with Dr. Rev. Sam Boys

Thursday, Sept. 1
8:30 a.m. – Lecture – The Symbolism of the Mandala
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Mandala sand painting and individual mandala coloring
10:05 a.m. – Lecture – Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition
8 – 9:30 p.m. – Sacred Music and Sacred Dance for World Healing (Tickets required)

Friday, Sept. 2
10 a.m. – noon – Mandala sand painting and individual mandala coloring
Noon – 2:30 p.m. – Viewing completed mandala
2:30 p.m. – Closing ceremony

The Lamas first came to Culver in 2004. During that visit, they deconstructed the mandala on their final day and gave small portions of the sand to interested people. They then held a blessing ceremony on the banks of Lake Maxinkuckee. They have also been featured on the Netflix series House of Cards (video).

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