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Tibetan Monks to construct sand mandala in special exhibition at Worcester State

The University will host three Tibetan Buddhist monks from Namdroling Monastery in South India for the construction of a sand mandala in the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery from Sept. 20-22. The esteemed Buddhist professor Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche and sand mandala master Lopen Rabjee Wangchuk will create a circular sand mandala before dissolving it on the third day. 

A sand mandala is a vividly colored, geometrically patterned 2-D representation of a 3-D sacred space, made out of precisely placed lines and piles of sand. The Lt. Col. James F. Sheehan ’55 Honors Program is presenting the monks’ work on the sand mandala, in this case representing Manjushri, the manifestation of enlightened wisdom. 

“The construction of a sand mandala is a beautiful, intricate, fascinating process, and I’m so glad our students will get the chance to observe it first hand, to meet these visiting monks, and to enjoy this rich cultural experience, all without even leaving campus,” said Worcester State Associate Professor of English Cleve Wiese.

The Honors Program has organized the following three-day schedule of special events: