Thursday Oct. 11, 7 – 8:30 p.m. Sand Mandala Opening
- Tibetan cultural dances sponsored by the Tibetan Community Association of Ottawa.
- Public Talk on the meaning and use of the sand mandala by Ven. Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche.
At the centre of this three-day cultural event profiling the sacred arts of Tibet will be the creation of a delicate mandala image made with grains of coloured sand, executed with perfect precision by the monks of the Palyul tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. From Thursday to Saturday, the creation of the sand mandala will be on public display at Ottawa City Hall.
Saturday Oct. 13, 4:30 p.m. Dissolution of Sand Mandala
After three days of painstaking work to produce the shimmering mirage of the mandala, it is then carefully returned to its original state of flowing sand, like a rainbow dissolving into light and vapour – the entire process a symbol of the Buddhist view of the impermanence of ephemeral phenomena, coming into being and passing away. For a suggested donation of $20, participants will receive a portion of the sand. The remainder will be poured into the Ottawa River as a blessing for the environment. All donations and profits from the events listed below are dedicated to the support of Tibetan refugee children cared for at Namdroling Monastery in South India, and the Ottawa Palyul Buddhist Centre.
Other events during the 3 days:
- Silent Auction
- Meet the Lama – Q & A
Additional events – Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com
- Echoes of the Sacred: Concert of Sacred Sound
- Echoes of the Sacred: Medicine Buddha Empowerment
- Echoes of the Sacred: Lama Gongdu Empowerment