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Mystical Arts of Tibet Returns Creating a Healing Sand Mandala

December 13, 2022 @ 10:30 am - December 17, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Longing for some quiet calm during the busy chaos of December’s joyous celebrations?  

Healing Icons® has the antidote  

The Mystical Arts of Tibet
a Drepung Loseling Monastery Production  

Tuesday December – 13th – Friday 16th.  11am – 7pm
Drop by Stormwater and witness something extraordinary.
with Closing Ceremony on Saturday December 17th. 11am – 1pm 

Brought to you by Healing Icons® 

From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks.  The sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for healing and re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. 

Tuesday December 13, 11am – Opening Ceremony
You will stand in awe and amazement.
Saturday December 17, 11am – 1pm – Closing Ceremony/Distribution
You will be filled with wonder and peace.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet
A Drepung Loseling Monastery Production

“A universal expression of the human subconscious… it transports you.”  The Washington Post

For the past 30 years, the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery have crossed the globe to offer these authentic, sacred Tibetan arts to enchanted audiences in major cities and smaller communities alike. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, these events are part of a tradition that dates back 2,500 years.

Special Events:

  • “Tibet: Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders”
    This exhibition of twenty-one stunning color images taken by some of the world’s foremost photographic artists, includes works created by Healing Icons@ students curated from Healing Icons traveling exhibition Sometimes Words Are Not Enough.
  • Daily Tibetan Bazaar
    When you drop by StormWater to witness the creation of the sand mandala, or give your hand a try in using a chakpur, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a Tibetan Bazaar.  Just in time for holiday gift giving. The sales of this merchandise raises funds for the 3,500 Drepung Loseling Monks residing in a refuge community in India.  This community exisits for the cultivation of both heart and intellect, it provides a sanctuary for the nurturance of inner peace and kindness, community understanding, and global healing. Help support their mission.

  • Learn to Create a Sand Mandala
    Curious about how a sand madala is created?
    Learn how to use a chakpur in StormWater’s community classroom. Chak-purs are the traditional tools used in Tibetan sandpainting to produce sand mandalas. They are conically shaped metal funnels with ridges down the side.  The chakpur is “tapped” to slowly allow the sand to emerge through the hole through the vibrations created.  We will create together.

Noon Workshop and Lectures
All Lectures/Workshops are held at Stormwater’s neighbor, the Cathy Novinger Girl Scout Leadership Center – 1107 Williams St, Columbia, SC 29201.

  • Wednesday December 14th – Noon Experiential Workshop – Lunch and Learn – Mindful Mandalas
    Heidi Darr Hope and Pamela Meriwether have revamped an ancient practice for new times, our times. Creating a mandala is a restorative journey that trusts and supports a willingness to open into the playful intuitive mystery of the creative process. Here is where your intuition comes out to play, where you re-connect with your heart and gut instincts.  The experiential Mindful Mandala Workshop is approximately one and a half hour in length. All materials are supplied but please bring your own lunch  Pre-registration is required. Pay what you can: suggested amount $75.
  • Thursday December 15th – Noon Lecture – The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala
    Delivered by a member of the Drepung Loseling Monastery
    The Mandala is a sacred cosmogram, a two-dimensional geometric figure that represents an understanding of the universe. It is 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.
  • Friday December 16th – Noon Lecture – Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness
    Delivered by a member of the Drepung Loseling Monastery
    The eighth century Indian master Shantideva said, “The mind of universal kindness is like the magical elixir that turns base metals into gold. It transforms an ordinary person into one on the path of growth and happiness.” Love and kindness are mental archetypes that all beings possess. The more we strengthen them, the more beneficial we become to others and ourselves.

“The production by the monk artists of Drepung Loseling Monastery is both highly professional and beautiful and expresses the purity and sophistication of the Tibetan sacred performing arts.  I am deeply honored to be associated with it.” – Richard Gere 


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