Sacred Living Arts
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:00pm
Lipinsky Auditorium

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October 20- 24, 2014: Mystical Arts of Tibet Weeklong Residency

Drepung Loseling monastery presents The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour, endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences across the globe. During their weeklong residency at UNC Asheville, the monks will create a mandala sand painting, train students to facilitate creation of a community sand mandala designed by UNC Asheville students, offer lectures on Tibetan culture and Buddhism and perform Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing in Lipinsky Auditorium.

See the monks at the LEAF festival, Oct. 16th-19th in Black Mountain, N.C. the weekend before their UNC Asheville residency. Click here for details.

Week at a Glance:

Monday, Oct. 20
11:25am-12:30pm.."Death and Dying : The Tibetan Tradition", Lecture, Lipinsky Auditorium (free & open to the public) CART services available for this event.
1:00pm -1:30pm......Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Opening Ceremony, Highsmith Union Lower Level (free & open to the public)
1:30pm-6:00pm.......Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Highsmith Union, Lower Level (free & open to the public)
2:00pm-5:00pm.......Community Sand Mandala, Highsmith Union, Lower Level (free & open to the public)

Tuesday, Oct. 21
10:00am-6:00pm.....Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Highsmith Union Lower Level (free & open to the public)
12:00pm-5:00pm....Community Sand Mandala, Highsmith Union, Lower Level (free & open to the public)
7:00pm-8:30pm......"Meditation : a Tool for Conscious Living", Lecture, Humanities Lecture Hall (free & open to the public) CART services available for this event.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
10:00am-3:00pm....Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Highsmith Union Lower Level (free & open to the public)
12:00pm-5:00pm....Community Sand Mandala, Highsmith Union, Lower Level (free & open to the public)
7:00pm-10:00pm....Sacred Music, Sacred Dance, Performance, Lipinsky Auditorium (ticketed)

Thursday, Oct. 23
10:00am- 6:00pm...Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Highsmith Union Lower Level (free & open to the public)
12:00pm-5:00pm....Community Sand Mandala, Highsmith Union Lower Level (free & open to the public)
7:00pm-8:30pm......"Symbolism of the Sand Mandala", Lecture, Humanities Lecture Hall (free & open to the public) CART services available for this event.

Friday, Oct. 24
10:00am-12:00pm...Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Highsmith Union Lower Level (free & open to the public)
10:00am-12:00pm...Community Sand Mandala, Highsmith Union Lower Level (free & open to the public)
1:00pm..................Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Closing Ceremony*, Highsmith Union Lower Level with procession to Glen Creek (free & open to the public) *Please wear appropriate shoes for hiking. Accessibility shuttles and seating available for this event.
 

Ticketed Events:

Sacred Music, Sacred Dance for World Healing

Wednesday, Oct. 22
7 P.M.
Lipinsky Auditorium

The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance performance comprises selections believed to
generate energies conducive to world healing. Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional
Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dance for world healing.

The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for their multiphonic chanting known as zokkay
(complete chord). Each of the main chantmasters simultaneously intones three notes, thus each
individually creating a complete chord. The Tibetans are the only culture on earth that cultivates
this most extraordinary vocal ability.

UNC Asheville Students $ 6
area students $ 8
campus community $ 13
general $ 22

 

 

Free Events:

Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition & Community Sand Mandala

Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Opening Ceremony

The monks begin by preparing the site for the Mandala Sand Painting with approximately 30 minutes of chants, music, and possibly dance. This event is visually and acoustically striking. After the Opening Ceremony, the monks start drawing the line design for the Mandala.
Monday, Oct. 20
1 P.M.
Highsmith Union, Lower Level
Free & open to the public

Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition

Throughout the residency, the monks pour millions of grains of sand in place over a period of days. The monks conclude their creation of the Mandala after approximately 30-40 hours of teamwork with the consecration of the Mandala. Please note, the monks will take occasional breaks. If you are interested in bringing a group to campus, contact Cori Anderson at 828-258-7727, or ceander2@unca.edu, to arrange your visit.
Monday, Oct. 20, 2 P.M.- 6 P.M.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 10 A.M.- 6 P.M.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 10 A.M. - 3 P.M.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 10 A.M. - 6 P.M.
Friday, Oct. 24, 10 A.M. - 1 P.M.
Highsmith Union, Lower Level
Free & Open to the public

Community Sand Mandala Construction

UNC Asheville students will design a mandala for the community to create together, using the same techniques and materials as the monks. If you are interested in bringing a group to campus, please contact Cori Anderson at 828-258-7727, or ceander2@unca.edu, to arrange your visit.
Monday, Oct. 20, 2 P.M.- 5 P.M.
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 12 P.M.- 5 P.M.
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 12 P.M. - 5 P.M.
Thursday, Oct. 23, 12 P.M. - 5 P.M.
Friday, Oct. 24, 10 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Highsmith Union, Lower Level
Free & Open to the public

Mandala Sand Painting Live Exhibition, Closing Ceremony

During the closing ceremony, the monks dismantle the Mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. Half of the sand may then be distributed to the audience (please bring  small bags or vials for this purpose). The sand will be carried in a procession by the monks, accompanied by the public, to a flowing body of water on campus, Reed Creek, where it will be ceremonially poured to disperse the healing energies of the Mandala throughout the world.
Please wear appropriate shoes for hiking. Accessibility shuttles and seating available for this event.
Friday, Oct. 24
1 P.M.
Highsmith Union, Lower Level with procession to Reed Creek
Free & Open to the public

Lectures on Buddism and Tibetan Culture

Free and open to the public. Lectures are approximately one hour in length and present the basic Buddhist views on the subject, followed by a question/answer period.

“Death and Dying : The Tibetan Tradition”

The subject of death and dying is sometimes thought of in the West as being negative and morbid, and as something to be ignored. However, Buddhism teaches that an understanding of the death process is important life knowledge; it enhances and enriches our life, and brings about a dramatic inner transformation. The mind moves into a deeper state of subtlety, clarity and fearlessness. CART services available for this event.
Monday, Oct. 20
11:25 A.M.
Lipinsky Auditorium
Free & Open to the public

“Meditation : A Tool for Conscious Living”

Meditation is an important technique for quieting the mind and establishing an inner basis of clarity and well-being. It allows us to relax from within the core of our spirit, and better understand the processes that make up our life. Some meditative techniques aim at strengthening inner qualities that are important life forces; others aim at eliminating inner negativities and habitual patterns. CART services available for this event.
Tuesday, Oct. 21
7 P.M.
Humanities Lecture Hall
Free & Open to the public

“Symbolism of the Sand Mandala”

The Mandala is a sacred cosmogram used as an object of contemplation. It depicts the pure nature of the world in which we live as well as how we can live most effectively. By creating a sand Mandala we bring the creative energy of that sacred dimension into our lives and attune ourselves to this natural perfection. CART services available for this event.
Thursday, Oct. 23
7 P.M.
Humanities Lecture Hall
Free & Open to the public

This residency is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council. 

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