The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music/Sacred Dance for World Healing
Saturday, May 9
Dorothy Menker Theater
This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
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- The famed multiphonic singers from Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform
traditional temple music and mystical masked dances. This extraordinary performance features
elaborate costumes, traditional instruments and unique multiphonic singing wherein the monks
simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monksare particularly
renowned for this unique singing.
They also utilize traditional instruments such as 10-foot-long dung-chen horns, drums, bells, cymbals and gyaling trumpets. Rich brocade costumes and masked dances, suchas the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.The Tibetan monks will create a sand mandala in the Moraine Valley Library beginning Wednesday, May 6, and concluding Saturday, May 9. From all of the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of themost unique and exquisite. Millions of grains ofsand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form theimage of a mandala. To date, the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers,and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.
Building L, Library
Opening Ceremony: Wednesday, May 6, at noon
Construction/Viewing: Wednesday, May 6, from 1 to 6 p.m.; Thursday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Closing Ceremony: Saturday, May 9, at 1:30 p.m.
Millions of grains of colored sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over several days to form the image of a mandala.
Death and Dying: The Tibetan Tradition
Wednesday, May 6
1 p.m., Building B, Room B109
The subject of death and dying is sometimes thought of in the West as being negative and morbid, and as something to be ignored. However, Buddhism teaches that an understanding of the death process is important life knowledge; it enhances and enriches our life, and brings about a dramatic inner transformation. The mind moves into a deeper state of subtlety, clarity and fearlessness.
Symbolism of the Mandala
Thursday, May 7
11 a.m., Building L, Library
The mandala is a sacred cosmogram used as an object of contemplation. It depicts the pure nature of the world in which we live as well as how we can live most effectively. By creating a sand mandala the monks hope to bring the creative energy of that sacred dimension into our lives. This workshop will be presented as the monks are creating the mandala.
Tibet Today: The History of a Diaspora
Thursday, May 7
6 p.m., Fine and Performing Arts Center, John and Angeline Oremus Theater
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.
Meditation: Tools for Conscious Living
Friday, May 8
3:30 p.m., Building D, Room D116
Meditation is an important technique for quieting the mind and establishing an inner basis of clarity and well-being. It allows us to relax from within the core of our spirit, and better understand the processes that make up our life. Some meditative techniques aim at strengthening inner qualities that are important life forces; others aim at eliminating inner negativities and habitual patterns.
- The famed multiphonic singers from Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform traditional temple music and mystical masked dances. This extraordinary performance features elaborate costumes, traditional instruments and unique multiphonic singing wherein the monks simultaneously intone three notes of a chord. The Drepung Loseling monksare particularly renowned for this unique singing.
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