OGDEN, Utah – Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling monastery will visit Weber State University March 24-28. They will present “The Mystical Arts of Tibet,” a Richard Gere and Drepung Loseling production, sharing with the greater Ogden community insights into their arts, beliefs, culture and music.
The week long series of events, sponsored by WSU Student Activities, will begin with an opening ceremony on March 24 at 11 a.m in the Diversity Center (Shepherd Union Building Room 240). Following the ceremony the monks will begin construction of a sand mandala, a painting constructed of millions of grains of sand painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform. The process takes days to complete and will be worked on in the Diversity Center throughout the week until it’s finished March 27. A lecture describing the meaning of the sand mandala will be presented on March 26 at 9:00 a.m. in the Diversity Center.
Throughout the week, a photo exhibit, “Tibet: Magical Lands of Spiritual Wonders,” will be displayed in the WSU Union Lair. The exhibition features 21 stunning color images taken by some of the world’s foremost photographic artists. The exhibit is on loan from the Tibet Image Bank of London and will be on display from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily.
During their visit, the monks are scheduled speak to several WSU classes.
A convocation will be presented to the community on the “Psychology of Enlightenment,” on March 27 at 10 a.m. in the Union Ballroom. The monks will explain how Buddhists map the mind – its nature and function – while addressing the ways in which its health and stability can be consciously developed.
The week of events will culminate with an evening performance at the Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts. The fabulous Tibetan multiphonic singers will perform traditional temple music and mystical masked dances from their “Sacred Music Sacred Dance for World Healing” tour. This extraordinary performance features elaborate costumes, traditional instruments, and unique multiphonic singing. The performance is March 28 at 7:00 p.m., in the Austad Auditorium of the Browning Center. Tickets are $5/$3 with WSU I..D. and can be purchased in advance by calling (801) 626-8500.
All events are free to the public, except the concert on March 28. For more information on any of the events call WSU Student Activities at 801-626-6349.
Schedule of Events for “The Mystical Arts of Tibet”
March 24 – 11 a.m. – Opening ceremony and beginning of mandala
(Shepherd Union Building)
March 26 – 9 a.m. – Lecture on the meaning of the sand mandala
(Diversity Center, Union Building 240)
March 27 – 10 a.m. – Convocation on “Psychology of Enlightenment”
(Shepherd Union Ballroom)
March 28 – 7 p.m. – Tibetan multiphonic singers concert
(Austad Auditorium, Val A. Browning Center for the Performing Arts)