Tibetan monks create mandala for the City Different

The monks are constructing a Green Tara mandala. “It has the power to heal those in the economic crisis and also at the individual level,” Phentsok said.

It is a special blessing for everyone in Santa Fe, he added.

The monks making the mandala are from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, known for its Tibetan temple music where chant masters learn to control their voices in multiphonic or “overtone” singing. The monastery dates to 1416 in Tibet. After the Chinese invaded the country, the surviving monks fled to India and re-established a monastery.

Mandalas and the ceremonies surrounding their creation have long been a source of healing and protection, similar in ways to the ancient tradition of sand paintings used in Navajo healing ceremonies.

For years now, Drepung Loseling monks have conducted a Mystical Acts of Tibet Tour across the U.S. and around the world. Tenzin said this is the 11th tour and his second in the U.S. The group is visiting schools, churches and galleries raising money to support more than 2,500 monks in the monastery in India.

As part of the tour in Santa Fe, the group will perform an evening of sacred music and dance at 7 p.m. Dec. 27 at the James A. Little Theater, 1060 Cerrillos Road.

The New Year’s Eve Mandala Dismantling Ceremony is from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the gallery.

For more information, call Marcia Keegan at 989-9590 or Tshering at 988-3709.

Contact Staci Matlock at 470-9843 or smatlock@sfnewmexican.com.

If you go

What: Construction of a Green Tara sand mandala by Tibetan monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery in India
Where: Serets & Sons Gallery, 121 Sandoval St., next to Alpine Sports
When: 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Dec. 14-Dec. 31
Cost: Free. But donations are welcome to help exiled monks.


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