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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 monks are 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, such as the Dance of the Sacred Snow Lion, add to the exotic splendor.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Crane Group.


“…remarkable…the music and the dance invoke sacred ecstasy…”
The New York Times
“…primordial pool of sound that you feel as much as hear.”
San Francisco Chronicle
“…playful…stately…intriguing…”
Los Angeles Times
“…a universal expression of the human subconscious…it transports you.”
The Washington Post

Free Community Events

Sept. 15-19, 2020
Location: Moraine Valley Library, Building L, second floor

Mandala Creation

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 to form the image of a mandala. The mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation.

The lamas begin the exhibit by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform. On the following days they lay the colored sands. Each monk holds a traditional metal funnel called a chak-pur while running a metal rod on its grated surface. The vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid onto the platform.

Opening Ceremony

Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 12:30 p.m.
The mandala sand painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation

Mandala Construction/Viewing:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Closing Ceremony

Saturday, Sept. 19, at 1:30 p.m.
Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn; to fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.


Lectures

Meditation – Tools for Conscious Living

Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m.
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.

Tibet Today – The History of a Diaspora

Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.
This lecture will focus 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.

Symbolism of the Mandala

Thursday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m.
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 taught in the MVCC library as the monks are creating the mandala.

Buddhism and Equality

Friday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m.
What are the philosophical and spiritual grounds for establishing our fundamental equality? The concept of Buddha-nature and our shared humanity are undeniable, factual basis for accepting and promoting our equality. Fundamentally, we are, as human species, same physically, mentally and emotionally.


Community Sand Painting

Students and community members will have the opportunity to create sand art using the same types of tools and sand as the monks use to create their mandala.
Available during the hours of mandala construction.