May 26th-June 6th – Tibetan Sand Mandala Construction in Addlestone Library Rotunda - College of Charleston Libraries

June 1, 2015
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Mandala_2015-300x300 May 26th-June 6th – Tibetan Sand Mandala Construction in Addlestone Library RotundaAddlestone Library will be hosting the Charleston Tibetan Society as they construct a sand mandala, an ancient, sacred form of Tibetan Buddhist art, in the Addlestone Library rotunda.

Venerable Lobsang Tsering from the Drepung Loseling Monastery Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Practice, and Culture in Atlanta, Georgia, will be constructing a mandala devoted to Chenrezig, the Tibetan name for Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion. This particular mandala illustrates, in two dimensions, the divine palace, residence, or celestial abode of Chenrezig. The finished mandala will be approximately four feet in diameter and will take a week or so to complete. There are several events associated with the sand mandala.

Mandala Daily Viewing Hours
Tuesday, May 26th – Saturday, June 6th
Monday through Friday – 9 am-12 pm and 2 pm-5 pm
Saturday and Sundays – 10am-12 pm and 2 pm-5pm

Chenrezig Sadhana Practice
Wednesday, June 3rd and Thursday, June 4th – 10 am-11 am and 5 pm-6 pm
Friday, June 5th – 10 am-11 am and 3 pm-4 pm

Venerable Lobsang Tsering and Geshe Dakpa Topgyal, Spiritual Director of the Charleston Tibetan Society, will perform the Chenrezig Sadhana meditative practice including the recitation of the Chenrezig mantra.

Closing Ceremony
Saturday, June 6th at 10:30 am
During the closing ceremony there will be a 20 minute power point presentation about the mandala. Afterwards there will be chanting and the mandala will be dismantled by being swept up (symbolizing he impermanence of all phenomena) and distributed to anyone who would like to take some, and the rest being dispersed in the nearest body of water.

View “Creation of a Sand Mandala” to learn more about the process:

Addlestone Library is open to the College of Charleston community and affiliates via card access. Visitors may access Addlestone Library Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and must present a government issued ID and sign in upon entry.