Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will return to the Crow Collection of Asian Art for a week-long artist residency to construct a magnificent mandala sand painting during the Mystical Arts of Tibet August 19 – 26. Millions of grains of colored, crushed marble will be painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form to generate energies for global healing.
See photos by Mr. Holga at Tibetan Buddhist Monks at the Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Activities are planned in conjunction with the monks’ week-long visit, with the Mystical Arts of Tibet kick-off taking place at a special Crow Collection After Dark event Friday (August 19) from 6 p.m. – midnight. Guests can enjoy free art activities, a singing bowls performance, complimentary bubble tea sampling, moonlight meditation with the monks, plus a tour of the exhibition Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond and more.
Throughout the week, visitors are welcome to witness the remarkable process of the mandala sand painting. In addition, there will be lectures, a gallery talk and tea, tours and meditation with the monks. Activities/programs are free unless otherwise noted.
See detailed schedule below for the Friday night kick-off along with the week’s highlighted activities at end of release.
Mystical Arts of Tibet kicks off with a special Crow Collection After Dark event Friday (August 19) from 6 p.m. – midnight. The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Friday. (This is a good time to attend as the event is visually and acoustically appealing and often attracts crowds.) The closing ceremony and dismantling of the mandala sand painting will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 26.
NOTE FOR PUBLIC: Reservations are required for the general public to attend the opening ceremony and closing ceremony ($30 per person, or $15 for Friends of the Crow Collection and students). To make reservations, the public should call 214-979-6438.
NOTE FOR MEDIA: Due to limited seating, please let me know ASAP if you plan to attend the opening ceremony (August 19 at 7 p.m.) and/or closing ceremony (August 26 at 6:30 p.m.), so we can reserve a spot for you.
Because the monks’ schedules vary each day, please call Deserina (214-271-4485) at the Crow Collection to confirm the best times to attend and to insure that a spokesperson is available.
Below is a detailed schedule for opening night Friday (August 19) at Crow Collection After Dark: Mystical Art of Tibet, followed by an overview of the week’s activities.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Crow Collection After Dark: The Mystical Arts of Tibet
6 p.m. – midnight (Events are free unless otherwise noted.)
Celebrate the opening of the Mystical Arts of Tibet with an evening exploring the traditions of Tibet. Tour the exhibition Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, enjoy free art activities, a singing bowls performance, complimentary bubble tea samples, moonlight meditation with the monks and more.
Performance: Tibetan Bowls
6 – 6:45 p.m. (Garden Gallery)
Join artist Jodi Roberts for the playing of ancient Himalayan singing bowls.
Art Activity: Community Mandala
6 – 8 p.m. (Flora Street)
Help create a community mandala, a sacred sand painting based in geometry.
Art Activities: Prayer Flag Impressions and Tibetan Friendship Scarves
6 – 8 p.m. (Arbor Walk)
Prayer flags are found strung along mountain ridges high in the Himalayas to bless the surrounding countryside. In partnership with Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, design a prayer flag inspired by the exhibition Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond. Supplies limited.
Decorate a friendship scarf for friends and family. This long narrow scarf embodies friendship, goodwill and love. It is offered as a blessing, a thank you or to wish someone good luck on a journey. Supplies limited.
Art Activity: “Ode to Drive by Press” Tibetan Flag T-Shirts
6 – 7 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m. (Flora Street)
Choose a prayer flag design by printmaking students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (BTWHSPVA), and create a personalized t-shirt or prayer flag. $10 t-shirt/$5 prayer flag donation required; all proceeds benefit the BTWHSPVA Student Free Tibet Club.
Chill Bubble Tea
6 – 9 p.m. (Trammell Crow Center Plaza)
Enjoy complimentary samples of bubble tea, a favorite drink across Asia. Complimentary supplies limited. Full-sized beverages are available at the discounted price of $3 each.
OPENING CEREMONY: The Mystical Arts of Tibet (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
7 – 8 p.m. (Grand Gallery)
Experience the beauty of this ancient ritual and blessing of the space as the monks prepare for the creation of the mandala. Seating is limited; $30 for the public, $15 for Friends of the Crow Collection and students. Reservations are required; call 214-979-6438.
Blessing by the Monks
8:30 p.m. (Trammell Crow Center Plaza)
Join the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery as they perform a special group blessing for children and adults. Donations to the Drepung Loseling Monastery are requested.
Tour of Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond
9 – 10 p.m. (Garden Gallery)
Join Kristina Hilliard, Director of Interpretation and Community Engagement, for a tour of the Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond exhibition.
Moonlight Meditation with the Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery
10 – 10:45 p.m. (Grand Gallery)
Enjoy a moonlit hour of meditation led by the artists in residence. Space is limited; $10 donation to the Drepung Loseling Monastery is requested.
Tour: Under the Bodhi Tree
11:15 – 11:45 p.m. (Meet in museum lobby.)
Join Kristina Hilliard, Director of Interpretation and Community Engagement, for a tour exploring cross-cultural images of the Buddha.
Crow Collection After Dark is presented in partnership with the Dallas Observer and Chill Bubble Tea.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Lecture – Meditation: A Tool for Conscious Living
1 – 2 p.m.
Join the monks for a conversation on the practice of meditation as a means for quieting the mind and establishing an inner basis of clarity and well-being. Space is limited.
Meditation with the Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery
2 – 3 p.m.
Enjoy a relaxing hour of meditation led by our artists-in-residence. Space is limited; $10 donation to the Drepung Loseling Monastery is requested.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Gallery Talk and Tea – Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness
12:15 – 1 p.m.
Join the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery for complimentary tea and a conversation on the contemplative techniques for strengthening the capacity for love and kindness. Space is limited.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Prayer Flag Gift Presentation
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Printmaking students from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts will present t-shirts printed with original prayer flags to the monks.
CLOSING CEREMONY: Mystical Arts of Tibet (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)
6:30 – 8 p.m.
In a ceremony representing the impermanence of all that exists, the monks will dismantle the sand mandala. Following the ceremony, the sand will be dispersed at sunset at Turtle Creek in Dallas. Seating is limited; $30 for the public, $15 for Friends of the Crow Collection and students. Reservations are required; call 214-979-6438.
About the Mystical Arts of Tibet
During the week, millions of grains of colored, crushed marble will be painstakingly laid into place in this ancient spiritual art form to generate energies for global healing. Visitors are welcome to witness this remarkable and sacred process from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day of the residency (August 19 – 26) and will have the opportunity to hear lectures, sip tea and meditate with the monks, tour the Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond exhibition and more. For a schedule of activities, go to crowcollection.org/events_special.aspx. (All programs are free unless otherwise noted.)
About mandala sand paintings
Formed of a traditional prescribed iconography that includes geometric shapes and a multitude of ancient spiritual symbols, the sand-painted mandala is used as a tool for re-consecrating the earth and its inhabitants. The monks begin the work by drawing an outline of the mandala on the wooden platform, which requires the remainder of the day. The following days see the laying of the colored sands, which is effected by pouring the sand from traditional metal funnels called chak-pur. Each monk holds a chak-pur in one hand, while running a metal rod on its grated surface; the vibration causes the sands to flow like liquid.
Traditionally most sand mandalas are destroyed shortly after their completion, as a metaphor of the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To fulfill the function of healing, half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby natural body of water and deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.
About the Crow Collection
The Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art is located in the Dallas Arts District. The Crow Collection offers a variety of spaces and galleries with changing exhibitions of the arts of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia spanning from the ancient to the contemporary. The museum offers a serene setting for quiet reflection, shared learning, and unexpected fun. The upcoming Asian Sculpture Garden, will feature traditional Japanese landscaping, new Asian art acquisitions, and additional works from the museum’s collection.