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Buddhist Sand Mandala of Compassion (now completed and dispersed)

The Menil Collection
Dec 8–
Dec 13
1533 Sul Ross Street, Houston, TX, United States

From 11 am to 5 pm each day for six days, see the meditative creation of a mandala (cosmic diagram) made from colored sand by monks from from the Drepung Gomang Monastery and Monastic University of Buddhist Studies (Gelug Order) in the Menil foyer. In honor of the exhibition encompassing “Gandhi and images of nonviolence,” they will create a form invoking compassion, a cardinal Buddhist virtue.

The opening ceremony of chanting and music, and the closing ceremony in which the mandala is dispersed, are high points in this remarkable meditative process.

Note: Museum galleries are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, however visitors may view the mandala in the foyer all six days.

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Watch Arts Insight on Houston Public Media’s Channel 8 for a feature on Menil’s sand mandala program. Tibetan monks transformed the Menil foyer for six days in December to create a sand mandala of the Bodhisattva of Compassion (Chenrezig in the form of Shadakshari Lokesvara). Over 1,000 people witnessed the closing ceremonies on December 13…. Read More