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Balance and Harmony: The Creation of a Sand Mandala

When:

Tue 29 Aug 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Wed 30 Aug 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 31 Aug 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 1 Sep 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 2 Sep 2017, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Te Hapua Halswell Centre, 341 Halswell Road, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: ClareNewton

Opening Ceremony
Saturday 12th August, 10:30am:

This will include a welcome by local iwi and Christchurch City Libraries. Monks then perform a brief consecration ceremony and pour the first grains. You can watch the initial progress on the mandala any time on Saturday until 4:00pm, and then drop in any time between 10:00am and 4:00pm until the closing ceremony on Saturday 2nd September.

Tibetan monks will be constructing a sacred cosmogram grain by grain with crushed marble coloured sand, representing a world in perfect harmony. Over three weeks in the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre there will be a rare opportunity to witness the creation of a delicate and fragile work rich in symbolism and the expression of good will.

After completion it is ceremoniously destroyed as a valuable reminder of the impermanence of all things. This ancient art form was an integral part of Indian Tantric Buddhism, which is now, almost exclusively practiced by Tibetan lineages.

Tibetan monks will be constructing a sacred cosmogram grain by grain with crushed marble coloured sand, representing a world in perfect harmony. Over three weeks in the Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre there will be a rare opportunity to witness the creation of a delicate and fragile work rich in symbolism and the expression of good will.

After completion it is ceremoniously destroyed as a valuable reminder of the impermanence of all things. This ancient art form was an integral part of Indian Tantric Buddhism, which is now, almost exclusively practiced by Tibetan lineages.

You can view the mandala any time between 10am and 4pm until the closing ceremony on Saturday 2nd September.

Other events in the programme:
Public talks on "Compassion, Love and Patience"
Sunday 13th, 20th, 27th August - 11am–12pm:

The Geshes will give talks in the library on how to cultivate compassion, love and patience from their training and perspective. This will cover ways to increase wellbeing and reduce internal emotional conflict. Known as the 'four noble truths' this will be discussed for practical everyday use, not from a religious perspective.

Free to attend, no bookings required.

Public talks on "Inner Harmony and Balance"
Saturday 19th and 26th August - 2pm–3pm:

Free to attend, no bookings required.

Children's Activity: The Creation of a Sand Mandala
Sunday August 20th and 27th - 2pm–3pm:

Here is a unique chance to attend a children's mandala making programme. The Tibetan Monks will draw a lotus flower and children will have the opportunity to use the proper tools to fill it in with sand. There will also be mandalas to colour and iPad mandala apps with library staff. This activity is not suitable for pre-schoolers - to get the most of this activity children must have the motor skills to manipulate the tools. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Please contact us to secure a place.

Closing Ceremony.
Saturday 2nd September, 11am

The stunning sand mandala will be completed by Friday, September 1st, with the dissolution and a release ceremony on Saturday, September 2nd. The intricate symbolic design will be brushed away as the monks recite blessings signifying the impermanence of all things. In procession the monks will lead everyone attending to the nearest natural waterway to ceremoniously pour the sand back to nature.

Those attending can participate by throwing flower heads into the waterway during the release ceremony.

A small pouch of blessed sand will be given to those attending the closing ceremony.

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