The Tibetan Monks come to visit.

Sunday 27 December 2009

Witness the Tibetan Monks creating Healing Sand Mandalas this holidays. When Tibetan Lama, Geshe Tenzin Demchok visited this area he fell in love with the spirit and tranquility of the Crystal Castle and its gardens. He offered to return to Byron after completing his exhibition for the Sydney Powerhouse museum to create three further Mandalas.

These exquisite patterned Mandalas have a deep spiritual significance. They are created as tools for gaining wisdom and compassion, for healing the sick and for spreading long life and peace throughout the world. Each Mandala will be approximately five feet by five feet in size, and will take up to five days to complete. Created in ritual space, the designs are based on sacred geometry from ancient Tibetan scriptures and filled with millions of brightly coloured grains of sand.

Tenzin is the Lama of the Dakpa Khangsten Drepung Loseling Monastery in southern India, where he has 500 monks under his guidance. The monks’ tour is supported by the World Maitreya Karuna Foundation a charity whose mission is to preserve endangered cultures worldwide. During his stay at Crystal Castle Tenzin will also be conducting healing ceremonies and performing traditional music and dance. See our website for further details.


 Appreciate ancient art in actionAppreciating the Sand Mandala as a work of art, we need to see beyond our western definition of art with its emphasis on innovation, self-expression and permanence. In Tibetan art, the intention of artist and witness and the collaboration in the execution of the mandala is what is highly valued.

The monks begin the sand painting with a ceremony of chants, music and mantra recitation to bless the site. The drawing of the line design for the Mandala is very exacting work. Then begins the pouring of millions of grains of brightly coloured sand from traditional metal funnels called chakpur. The monks conclude their creation of the Sand Mandala with a consecration ceremony to request the continuous blessings of the deities invoked. And finally, after days of work, they dismantle the Mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all things and distributing the mixed sand to the audience as blessings for personal health and healing.

The Tibetan Culture is one of the most ancient of our planet but since the Chinese colonization of Tibet it is severely endangered. Many Tibetans today live a fragile existence in the refugees camps of India and our generation could be the last to witness this ancient artistic culture in its full richness, integrity and splendor. Don’t miss the precious opportunity to be part of this healing and empowering event.

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