Visiting lamas creating sand mandala this week
"We will be making Tibetan prayer flags decorated with Chinese symbols for peace, compassion, and kindness," said Nancy. "Thursday, love will be the theme for the artwork, and on Friday we will be making hand painted t-shirts using reclaimed, handmade, and found objects as design stamps."
Educators are also encouraged to please bring their students to visit the Tibetan Monk Sanctuary space while at the center so they might directly observe the concentrated mystical sand mandala art creation process.
In addition to learning about Asian cultural expression, students will have a rare opportunity to meet and watch the lamas designing this ancient Tibetan art expression as an offering to bring peace and harmony to our community.
"Every grain of sand is placed carefully by the monks in total concentration and prayer containing energy and patterns of energy," said Founder and Executive Director of Zen Village, Master Chufei Tsai. "The sand mandala represents the land of heaven in a harmonic pattern designed as an empowerment and blessed experience for all to benefit from."
The sand mandala painting will be deconstructed in a closing ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 4 pm to demonstrate the ephemerality of life and the simple joy of detachment. Here are some photos of the mandala ceremony held last June in the Grove.
Please call Zen Village to make reservations in advance if possible at 305-567-0165. Zen Village is at 3570 Main Highway in the Grove.
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