Loyola at a Glance
Tibetan monks bring traditional Buddhist dances and music to Loyola
November 8, 2013
In their U.S. Tour of Compassion and Harmony, a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from India’s Sera Jey Monastery present three days of traditional monastic dances, traditional rituals and sand mandalas at Loyola University New Orleans from Tuesday, Nov. 12 to Thursday, Nov. 14.
The events are free and open to the public, but donations to the monks are accepted.
Sand Mandala for Compassion
Nov. 12 – 14
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Opening Ceremony: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 9-9:30 a.m.
Closing Ceremony: Thursday, Nov. 14, 4:30-5 p.m.
Danna Student Center, first floor lobby
The sand mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and ritualistic destruction of spiritual symbols made from colored sand. The monks then distribute sand to attendees as a blessing. Mandalas can feature extensive or minimal detail, depending on time allowed for creation. The monks will spend three days creating their mandala at Loyola.
Sacred Music Performance and Discussion
Thursday, Nov. 14
The Tibetan monastic dance tradition, known as Cham, originated with the earliest Buddhist practice when the great masters of the Buddhist lineages passed their visions of the deities' movements to their students through these dances.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Music Industry Studies, the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, the Office of Mission and Ministry and the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences.
For more information, contact John Snyder at 504-865-3984.
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