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Friday, March 22, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Schwitzer Student Center
In Tibet, the creation and celebration of art is integrated with Buddhism. The monks will provide hands-on instruction so that participants can enjoy the artforms and learn their significance. The art class will feature butter sculpture, sand painting, and mani stones. Join us for this once in a lifetime experience!
- Butter sculpture is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist art. Although it is not as well known as another Tibetan ritual art, the sand mandala, it is still an important aspect of Tibetan Buddhism. Butter sculptures symbolize impermanence (a main tenet of Buddhism) and are usually destroyed anywhere from a day to a few years.
- Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form. The Sacred Sand Mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent a tradition of Buddhism. It is a transient art form thought to have originated in India and transferred in the middle ages to Tibet. The sand mandala is constructed as a vehicle to generate compassion, realize the impermanence of reality, and to heal the environment.
- The stones are usually painted with the prayer “Om mani padme hum,” a prayer asking for the qualities of wisdom, compassion, and a good heart. The monks will teach you how to create images on flat stones and decorate them with sacred mantras.