Sept. 17, 2022 

Dorothy Menker Theater

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.

Tibetan MonksAncient societies throughout the world conceived that ritual performance of sacred music and chants at auspicious times establishes communication with the higher powers of good and brings about healing on environmental, social and personal levels. In Tibet, whenever a monastery celebrated a spiritual festival, people from the surrounding villages and nomadic tribes would assemble in the monastery’s courtyard for the three or four days of sacred music, chants and rituals. The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour is designed as a development of this tradition. The presentation has been streamlined in such a way as to maintain the essential integrity and purpose of each of the individual pieces in the celebration.

Part One: (30 minutes)

Sacred Chants and Meditation for Resilience & Well-Being

The venerable monks will create an atmosphere of peace and healing through their sacred chants. Through guided meditation the audience will be introduced to some of the timeless skills and insights to promote resilience and well-being.

Intermission (15 minutes)
Part Two: (45 minutes)

(1) Nyensen: Invocation of the Forces of Goodness
In a tapestry of instrumental and vocal sounds, the monks invoke creative awareness within themselves and the audience. They enhance the spirit of goodness in the environment.

(2) Man-del: Purifying the Universe
As they sing in the multiphonic style typical of Drepung Loseling’s dominant role at the annual Monlam Chenmo Festival, the monks create a world as seen through the eyes of inner perfection. This is sent forth as an offering for world healing and its symbolized by the raising of a silver base on which mounds of rice are poured in a geometric pattern.

(3) Tentru Yultru: Purifying the Environment & its Inhabitants
Chanting in the multiphonic tradition, the monks hold up a mirror and draw into it the reflection of the world and its living beings. They then purify these through sound and meditation, as symbolized by the act of pouring waters from a sacred wisdom vase over the mirror.

Traditionally this piece was performed whenever an environmental, social or individual healing was required.

(4) Sangso Shijo: Auspicious Song for World Healing
The monks send forth the metaphorical smoke of incense, which the wind carries into the 10 directions as a subliminal force invoking peace, harmony and the ways of creative living.

Drepung Loseling Monastery was established near Lhasa, Tibet in 1416 as a spiritual institution dedicated to preserving and transmitting the ancient Buddhist scholarly and contemplative traditions. At its zenith it was the largest monastery in the world, housing more than 10,000 monks.

The home of the early Dalai Lamas, it has played a critical role in the life of Tibet’s culture for centuries.

Following the Chinese communist invasion of 1959, Loseling was closed and most of its monks either killed or imprisoned. Some 250 escaped to India to establish a replica of Loseling in order to continue the training program and thus ensure the preservation of their ancient traditions. This monastery in exile is now located in Karnataka State in south India. In recent years hundreds of refugees from Tibet have come to Loseling in hopes of receiving a traditional education. There are now more than 2,500 monks in residence.

Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc., Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Practices and Culture, was established in Atlanta, Georgia in 1991 as the North American seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery and formed an academic partnership with Emory University in 1998. Following the legacy of Drepung Loseling Monastery, and with the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the center has two major purposes: to share Tibet’s unique spiritual traditions in North America through our Buddhist Studies and Practice Programs; and to preserve Tibet’s unique culture through our Culture and Preservation Programs.

Contact Information

The Mystical Arts of Tibet (Art, Education and Cultural Tour) www.mysticalartsoftibet.org 
mystical@drepung.org
Phone: (904) 982-6437

Tibetan Buddhist Studies & Practice Programs
Culture & Preservation Programs
Address: 1781 Dresden Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
www.drepung.org
center@drepung.org
Phone: (404) 982-0051
Fax: (404) 982-6435

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Box Office: (708) 974-5500
For more information on performances or to purchase tickets online, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac.

Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Technical Director⁠—Sean McIntosh

Manager of Theater Operations and Services—Julian Tillery

Assistant Technical Director—Amanda Hantson

Secretary—MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Front-of-House Staff—Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Nicholas Mokelke, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Technical Crew—Ala Nator, Camari Morrison, Evan Johnston, Guadalupe Sosa, Jackie Bobbitt, Jeremy Kalisz, Joel Catalon, Leslie Nance, Nathan Carpenter, Quintin Turnbow, Sam Dell, Tom Schoenbeck, Nataile Krol, Jessica Miller, Omar Eloiza

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