Sand Mandala to Be Constructed February 9-11

Sand Mandala to Be Constructed February 9-11

A Buddhist Sand Mandala will be constructed at Meredith College from February 9-11, 2016, in Cate Center Lobby.

The creation and dismantling of intricately designed mandalas from colored sand is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition. At Meredith, the Green Tara mandala will be built. Tara is a female Buddha whose qualities include enlightened action and swiftly removing obstacles to spiritual growth, happiness, health, and prosperity.

The creation and dismantling of intricately designed mandalas from colored sand is a Tibetan Buddhist traditionAn opening ceremony was held on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 9:30 a.m., at which time Geshe Sangpo from Raleigh’s Kadampa Center began constructing the mandala. He will work on the mandala from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Tuesday and Wednesday, and until approximately noon on Thursday. 

A closing ceremony will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in Cate Center Lobby.

The campus community and visitors are invited to watch while this ritual artwork is built. Throughout the three-day event, a docent from the Kadampa Center will be on hand to answer questions.

To learn more about Buddhist Mandalas, attend a lecture by Elon University Associate Professor of Religious Studies Pamela Winfield on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Ledford 101. This lecture counts as a cultural event/convocation for General Education.

These events are sponsored by Meredith College’s Department of Religious and Ethical Studies.

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