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July 31, 2022
12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Time Details:
Open house till 2 PM. Closing Ceremony at 3 PM
The American Theatre
125 E Mellen St
Hampton, VA 23661
Free and open to the public
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Mystical Arts of Tibet: Completion of Mandala and Closing Ceremony

Sunday, July 31, 2022

The American Theatre opens its doors for a weekend of personal reflection and inspiration as the Tibetan monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery return to create a sand-painted mandala. The monks’ presence and creation of the sand mandala have become an anticipated summer event in Coastal Virginia, offering visitors the opportunity to observe an ancient tradition believed to cultivate wisdom and compassion.

The four-day ceremony is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. As the mandala is created and then deconstructed, the sands are then taken to the water, and from there, it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. “For centuries, Tibetan sand mandalas have been created to encourage healing and peace,” said Hampton Arts Artistic Director Richard M. Parison, Jr. “During these challenging times, Hampton Arts is proud to welcome the Drepung Loseling Monastery monks and this ancient practice to remind us that we are stronger united.” Following the legacy of Drepung Loseling Monastery, India, and with the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Drepung Loseling is dedicated to the study and preservation of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion. The Mystical Arts of Tibet is endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts with modern audiences. The tours offer a chance to witness one of the world’s most ancient spiritual traditions presented by a group of monk artists for whom these traditions are a way of life.

Schedule (All events are at The American Theatre and free to the public) 

  • Opening Ceremony Thursday, July 28 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; ceremony at 12 p.m. 
  • Creation of Sand Mandala Friday, July 29 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open House
  • Creation of Sand Mandala Saturday, July 30 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Open House
  •  Completion of Mandala and Closing Ceremony Sunday, July 31 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.; ceremony at 3 p.m. 

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