A group of Tibetan monks will be on campus for four days to create a Tibetan Buddhist Sand Mandala starting on Oct. 1 through Oct. 4 in the Center for Chicago Programs.
This four day ritual involves art, music, and performance – and is done in a public place where people can observe the process that is understood to bring healing and peace.
This religious ritual has been performed at museums, churches, and universities throughout the country. In the Chicago area, sand mandalas have been created by groups of monks at Navy Pier, University of Chicago, Notre Dame University, and the Lake Street Church in Evanston, among other places.
Watch a video of the process:
Other events include:
Wednesday, October 1 – Friday, October 3
• 9:00-5:00 p.m, Center for Chicago Programs The public is welcome to watch the monks construct the mandala throughout the process
Wednesday, October 1
7:00-8:30 p.m. “Traditions in Conversation: Tibetan Buddhism and Christianity”, First Presbyterian Church Panel discussion by Tibetan Monks and Dave Bianchin, Assoc. Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, moderated by Catherine Benton, Assoc. Prof., Religion
Thursday, October 2
7:00-8:30 p.m. “Tibetan Cultural Pageant”, Gorton Community Center Monks perform traditional Tibetan folk dances, music, Central Asian throat-singing, and their dramatic choreographed debating style. Community welcome by President Schutt
Saturday, October 4
11:00 a.m. Closing Ceremony Water Ritual, CCP and Lake Michigan Walk from CCP to Lake Michigan or meet the monks at the Lake for this final ritual
Co-sponsored by the Departments of Religion, Art and Art History, History, Music, Mathematics and Computer Science, Modern Languages and Literature, Sociology and Anthropology, and Theater; Programs in African-American Studies, Asian Studies, and International Relations; Ethics Center; Lake Forest College Artist in Residence Fund; Mojekwu Fund; Office of Intercultural Relations; and First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest.