What to do in Oklahoma on March 25, 2019: Check out the opening ceremony for the creation of a Norman mandala sand painting by Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery
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NORMAN - Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery are visiting Norman this week to share their culture.
A variety of events will take place during the weeklong visit, including an event series and the artistic creation of a mandala sand painting.
The opening ceremony for the creation of the mandala sand painting will take place at 7 tonight at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 West Duffy in Norman.
The group of monks may be observed creating the sand painting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The creation of the sand painting with powdered and dyed stone, sand, dust, flowers, and charcoal will require between 75 and 125 hours, with several monks working at a time, according to a news release.
These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program and Oklahoma Humanities. Oklahoma Humanities is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote meaningful public engagement with the humanities—disciplines such as history, literature, film studies, ethics, and philosophy. The humanities offer a deeper understanding of ourselves and others by confronting us with the questions, values, and meanings of the human experience. As the state partner for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Oklahoma Humanities brings people together to explore these ideas through programming and community grants that support book groups, exhibits, film festivals, teacher institutes, and more. Oklahoma Humanities engages people in their own communities, providing forums for education, critical thinking, and productive civil discourse.
A series of free evening events will be offered, with a suggested donation of $15, at St. John’s at 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, beginning with the Vajravidarin Healing Ritual Wednesday evening followed by a Tibetan Tea Ceremony on Thursday and Menla (Medicine Buddha) Empowerment on Friday.
Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India have presented a series of lectures and created a sand mandala during visits to Norman over the past 10 years. Their return to Norman is part of a national tour to be of service to the world community by nurturing peace, harmony, compassion, and tolerance through cultural exchange. For more information about the Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour 2019, go to www.sacredartsoftibettour.org.
The monks’ visit is sponsored by Norman Cultural Connection Inc., which is committed to enhancing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of cultural diversity, social differences, and the wisdom of world cultures by hosting events for the community. For more information, go to www.normanculturalconnection.org.
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