Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala Creations, Sacred Music and Dance, Prayers and Chants.
Time & Location
About the Event
A sand mandala is created from millions of grains of coloured sand and is a true work of art. It takes the monks many hours over the 3 days to create the sand mandala and many months of training to prepare for the creation of it. It is hoped that the creation of a Sand Mandala will contribute to the healing and harmony of the local area and each of its inhabitants.
From Thursday 24 October to Saturday 26 October, 11am-4pm, the creation of a sand mandala can be watched and followed by the general public.
The opening ceremony for the mandala will take place at 11am on Thursday 24 October when the monks will chant powerful prayers for peace, prosperity and healing in traditional overtones.
The closing ceremony will start at 3 pm on Saturday 26 October. When the mandala is completed the sand is swept up and will be dispersed into the water of the ornamental lake by the museum so that any merit generated by the creation of the mandala can be dispersed into the world.
In Tibet, there were 4 major Buddhist schools and the Gelugpa school is one of them. Among the Gelug, there were four major universities where monks could be fully educated in Buddhism, following the study system established in the legendary Nalanda University, India.
In Drepung university there were five colleges within which some studied with more focus on Sutra and some with more focus on Tantra. Among these five was Loseling college, within which there were 23 houses (khangtsen). In terms of significance, there were three more influential houses and Kongpo Khangtsen is one of them. Tsawa Khangtsen, Kongpo Khangtsen, Pukhang Khangtsen.
In the Kongpo Khangtsen there were over 300 monks, all of whom originated from the Kongpo region, Drug (Bhutan), Dhagpo (South Lhasa), Mon (North East India), Eh (South Lhasa), Kyungjye (South Lhasa), and also around the Lhasa region.
There is a verbal story that in the early years of the 20th Century, a British aircraft crash landed and a couple of people were rescued by the Kongpo Khangtsen monks. Because of their generosity and caring, they wanted to study Buddhist philosophy, and therefore they became monks of Kongpo Khangtsen, making this house the only one to have Western monks studying.
Therefore Kongpo Khangtsen claims that any foreigner who would like to become a monk should go under their wing.
Kongpo Khangtsen’s Dharma protector is Kongtsun Demo, one of the 12 Tenma (Dharma Protectors of the Land of Snow) Kongpo Khangtsen’s main patrons were the tulkus there, of which there are 13, including Demo Rinpoche, (whose incarnations have been Regent of Tibet two times) and Lelung Rinpoche.