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UC Los Angeles Hammer Museum presents: “Mandala of Compassion” Opening Sep 27

when: 2014-09-27, starts at
where: HAMMER MUSEUM 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024

originally posted on: Hammer, UC Los Angeles

The Hammer Museum is pleased to welcome the return of four highly respected Tibetan Buddhist monks—Venerable Gelong Kalsang Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Nawang Thogmed, Lama Nawang Samten Lhundrup, and Lama Dorji Sherpa—to create an elaborate sand mandala in the Lobby Gallery. This two-week program, presented in partnership with Ari Bhöd, the American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation, features the construction of a sacred sand painting embodying compassion. Millions of grains of colored sand will be sprinkled carefully on a flat surface over the course of two weeks, following precise and ancient instructions passed down over thousands of years.

This is the third time the Hammer has collaborated with Ari Bhöd to bring traditionally trained Lamas to the museum. In the first presentation, The Mandala Project in 2010, the Lamas broke attendance records for the Lobby Gallery when they a created a mandala representing Guru Padmasambhava, the master who brought Buddhism to Tibet. The Lamas returned in 2012 to perform a healing ceremony in the Billy Wilder Theater.

The mandala that the Lamas will make this fall represents Chenrezig, the embodiment of the compassion of all Buddhas combined. The creation of this mandala is intended to help the viewer generate boundless compassion for all beings. Visitors to the Hammer can watch the Lamas create the Mandala and are invited to join the Lamas in pujas at the beginning and end of each day. The pujas include prayer and meditation intended to help bring to mind the qualities of the Buddha of Compassion. After spending two weeks creating the mandala with intense concentration, the final grains of sand are placed and then the entire sand painting is swept up in a final display of impermanence. The Lamas and the visitors bring the collected sand to the ocean and offer it as a blessing as part of the dissolution ceremony.

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