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Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sand Mandala Painting

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Date(s) - 09/22/2015 - 09/25/2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture


Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery will conduct a mandala sand painting in the museum’s Native Peoples of Tennessee gallery beginning Tuesday, September 22, 2015 and concluding on Friday, September 25, 2015. An opening ceremony will take place at 11:30 am on Tuesday, September 22.

Though this event is free and open to the public, groups must make reservations by calling (865)974-2144.

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe. Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. A closing ceremony will commence at 11:30 am on Friday, September 25.

The public is also invited to participate in the creation of a community sand mandala at the museum. This activity will take place beginning September 22 at 1:00 pm until September 25 at 11:00 a.m. Those wishing to participate may visit the museum during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Wednesday September 23 through Thursday, September 24. School or other groups wishing to participate should call for a reservation to 865-974-2144.

This event is held in conjunction with the McClung Museum’s special exhibit, Embodying Enlightenment: Buddhist Art of the Himalayas. 

Email or call the museum at (865)974-2144 for more information.


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