Closing Ceremony: The Inner Mandala of Buddhist Compassion
Come join Higgins School of Humanities and Difficult Dialogue for the closing ceremony of the sand mandala.
In the Buddhist tradition, mandalas are objects of meditation with a specific purpose: to transform our ordinary perception of the world into a pure perception of the Buddha nature which permeates all phenomena (Matthieu Ricard). The Inner Mandala
of the Buddha of Compassion is one of many mandalas created by Tibetan monks and nuns for initiation ceremonies and ritual practices. Only since 1989 have sand mandalas been created outside these settings; since then, Tibetan monks and nuns have constructed
sand mandalas throughout the world.
Beginning on Friday November 30, Venerable Tenzin Yignyen will construct a sand mandala at Clark over a five-day period. Everyone is welcome to watch the mandala construction; each day will begin with meditation at 8:30am.
On Tuesday December 4, Lama Tenzin will perform the dismantling ceremony around 11:30am. It will include a short ritual ceremony, placing of blessed sand in containers, and the return of sand to a nearby body of water.
The Venerable Lama Tenzin Yignyen is an ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk. He holds a degree of “Master of Sutra and Tantra” studies from the Namgyal Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. Lama Tenzin taught Tibetan Buddhism, art and language at Namgyal branch monastery in Ithaca, N.Y. for three years. He has created sand mandalas in many museums and educational institutions throughout the United States including the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Asia Society in New York City, and Bard College, among others. Lama Tenzin currently lives in Geneva, N.Y. and is a visiting professor for Tibetan Buddhism at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.