‘Chenrezig’ Compassion Sand Mandala Construction
Monks from Shang Gadhen Chokhor Ling Monastery, Nepal
Venerable Tenzin Jhyampa Ghale
Geshe Ngawang Thorte Lama
Dawa Tsering Lama
Witness the step-by-step creation of a traditional Sand Mandala, an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. Team of 3 monks led by Venerable Tenzin Jhyampa Ghale from Shang Gadhen Chokhor Ling Monastery in Nepal will construct Chenrezig Mandala of Compassion over five days from Oct. 7-11. During the Closing Ceremony, the monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. Half of the sand may be distributed to the audience in small bags as blessings for personal health and healing.
Admission to witness Sand Mandala construction is free but donation is appreciated as all proceeds will go to the monastery.
Monday, October 7 at 10:30AM:
Opening prayer followed construction of Sand Mandala.
Tuesday, Oct. 7 – Friday, Oct. 11: Monks will continue to construct Sand Mandala.
Friday, October 11 at 3PM:
Closing Ceremony (Dismantling of Sand Mandala)
The Shang Gadhen Chokhor Ling Monastery was founded by 5th Dalai Lama in 1642 in Tsang region of Tibet. The monastery was one of the greatest learning center with over thousand monks. Many great scholars like Geshe Trisur Lhundup Tsondu, Former Sear Je abbot Geshe Lhundup Thapkey, Geshe Ngawang Gendhun and Geshe Lhundup Soepa, and many others have come out of this monastery.
But after the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959, His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed the senior monks of the monastery, who were in exile to build small monastery to revive the teaching in exile. In exile the monastery is located in small Tibetan Settlement called Pallor Ling. Today there are 50 monks, and senior monks are send to Sera Je monastic universities in India for higher studies. The younger monks are now learning English and computer technology so they can continue to contribute to contemporary society. The modern education will provide the monks with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of Buddhism in a formal, academic environment.
Venerable Tenzin Jhyampa Ghale joined Shang Gadhen Chokhor Ling monastery as at the age 10 and did his further studies on Buddhist teachings and philosophy at the Sera Je Monastic University in South India. Upon finishing his further study, Ven. Tenzing Jhyampa returned to his root monastery and has since served the monastery in various capacity from teaching to administration. He was invited to various cities around the world, including cities in Nepal and India to perform Sand Mandala ritual and to teach, and share experience and talk about the monastery.