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Mystical Arts of Tibet

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Creating Mandala

From Monday, September 30th to Friday, October 4th, Converse and Wofford Colleges and the Chapman Cultural Center will host Tibetan Lamas from the Drepung Loseling Monastery for a series of cultural events. A group of Tibetan Lamas from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Sand Mandala in the lobby of David Reid Theater at the Chapman Cultural Center. On Thursday evening the Lamas will perform a Sacred Music/Sacred Dance in the David Reid Theater. Professors from Wofford and Converse will present a series of lectures throughout the week. All events are open to the public.

More information can be found on Converse College's News and Events page and the Chapman Cultural Center's event page.

Tibetan Buddhism and the History of Tibet





All events will take place in the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center.

Monday, September 30

12:00 -1:00 pm – Opening Construction Ceremony
1:00-8:00 pm - Mandala Sand Painting
6:30 - 7:30 pm – Opening lecture by Dr. David S. Efurd, Assistant Professor of Art History, Wofford College: “A Cosmos Visualized: The Mt. Meru System in Buddhist Art and Practice”

Tuesday, October 1

10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Mandala Sand Painting
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lecture by Ruth Beals, Owings Associate Professor of Interior Design and Coordinator of Interior Design, Converse College: "China's Comfortable Housing - Culturally Uncomfortable for Tibetans"
6:30 -7:30 pm – Lecture by Dr. Jeremy E. Henkel, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Wofford College: “On Having No Self: The Case for Compassion in Buddhism”

Wednesday, October 2

10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Mandala Sand Painting
12:00 - 1:00 pm – Lecture by Dr. Sherry Fohr, Associate Professor of Religion and Co-Director of the Women's Studies Program, Converse College: “Introduction to Buddhism”
2:00 - 3:00 pm – Lecture by Dr. Trina Janiec Jones, Associate Professor of Religion, Wofford College: “Imagining Tibet”
6:30 - 7:30 pm – Lecture by Geshe Tsering Dhondup: “Symbolism of the Sand Mandala” (translated by Mr. Lobsang Norbu)

Thursday, October 3

10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Mandala Sand Painting
7:00 – 9:00 pm - Sacred Music/Sacred Dance performance

Friday, October 4

10:00 - 11:00 am - Mandala Sand Painting
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Display of Completed Mandala Sand Painting
12:00 – 12:45 pm – Deconstruction Ceremony

Presented by:

Chapman Cultural Center Converse
The Humanities Council The Spartanburg County Foundation