Sacred Arts Tour March 10-March 14, 2020

The Monks are Coming!
Sacred Art Tour of the
Drepung Gomang Monastery
March 10 – March 14, 2020

Sacred Arts Tour
We are very excited to announce that the Drepung Gomang Sacred Art Tour will be with us this March. They will be creating a Sand Mandala at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts. Opening Ceremony will beĀ  Wednesday morning, March 11, 2020. The mandala will be completed by Friday evening. The Dissolution Ceremony will take place Saturday morning, March 14th.

Sand painting is an ancient Tibetan art form. The sand mandala is carefully constructed from dyed sand particles to represent the particular esoteric, textual traditions of Buddhism. It is a transient art form, thought to have originated in India and been transferred in the middle ages to Tibet. The sand mandala is constructed as vehicle to generate compassion, realize the impermanence of reality, and a social/cosmic healing of the environment.

You will have the opportunity to view the inception, creation and completion of a Sand Mandala. The completion is following by the Dissolution, in which the remarkable creation is swept into a sacred mixture of multi-colored sacred and blessed sand. The sacred sand will mostly be distributed to viewers at the event. A vase of the sand will be taken to the river at the Fly, and with great ceremony, emptied into the Mississippi River, so that the prayers will be carried into the universe.

For a more detailed understanding of the Sacred Arts Tour, and the creation of a Sacred Sand Mandala, please open the following links:


Play Doh Butter Lamp Class for Kids & Adults
Tuesday, March 10
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Mantra Chanting and Commemoration of Tibetan Uprising Day
Tuesday, March 10
Tibetan House
4900 Tchoupitoulas Street

Creating a Sacred Sand Mandala
Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14
New Orleans Academy of Fine Art
5256 Magazine St

Funds raised by the Sacred Art Tour go toward supporting the Drepung Gomang Monastery in South India.
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