The Mystical Arts of Tibet
Featuring the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loesling Monastery
The week long residency of The Mystical Arts of Tibet begins with opening ceremonies at noon on October 28 at Lake Superior State University, and culminates in a not to be missed performance of Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing on November 1 at the Arts Center. In addition to the famed multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery performing, the Tibetan Monks will also create a Mandala Sand Painting, host a lecture series, and family-friendly performances for local area schools. Tibet: Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders photo exhibit will also be running in conjunction with the festivities at the Arts Center Gallery throughout the week.
“We are honored to host the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery,” stated Dr. Rodney Hanley, LSSU President. “We look forward to welcoming them to our community, learning about their traditions, and embracing their culture, helping to raise awareness and support for their worthy cause.”
The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour is co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and Drepung Loseling Institute, the North American Seat of Drepung Loseling Monastery, India. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.
The week-long residency begins on Monday, October 28 at 12:00 p.m. with an opening ceremony for the creation of a Mandala Sand Painting, 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. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days to form the image of a mandala. Please see the daily schedule of events and livestream at https://www.lssu.edu/arts-center/tibetan-monk-residency/