SACRED ART TOUR – JANUARY 19 – 24, 2016

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Eight Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery, students of H.H. Dalai Lama, will visit the Coral Springs Museum of Art from Tuesday, January 19 through Sunday, January 24 for a six day event of culture, teachings, and artistic expression. The Coral Springs Museum of Art is one of only thirty locations the monks will visit on their 2015/2016 North American Goodwill Tour.

This event is part of the monk’s mission to spread the message of peace, loving kindness, wisdom, and compassion while sharing their traditional Tibetan arts and culture. Funds raised from this event support their Monastery in southern India.

“The Coral Springs Museum of Art is honored to host the members of the Drepung Gomang Monastery.  To be in the presence of these devoted men and learn about their culture is truly a privilege.” said Julia Andrews, Executive Director.

During their stay, the monks will devote each day from 10:00am until closing constructing the renowned Sand Mandala,   Millions of colored grains of sand will be carefully laid out in specific patterns and diagrams which represent sacred textual Buddhist imagery. Upon completion, January 24th, the mandala will be ceremoniously deconstructed and deposited into a moving waterway, which is believed to spread blessings to the local community..

Other highlights include tradition Tibetan culinary classes followed by lunch or dinner with the monks which will include casual conversation with the Geshe.  Artistic workshops feature the painting of Tibetan peace symbols on stones called Mani Stones, the ancient art of butter sculpture and coloring Tibetan designs for kids.  Cultural pageantry presents costume, ritual dance, song, and chants.   Sacred Tibetan practices and chanting open and close each day.  Some events require ticket purchase or preregistration.  Space is limited for workshops and culinary events.  To register, call 954-340-5000.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to purchase goods from the Tibetan Marketplace offered by the monks throughout their visit.  The marketplace will be located within the Museum.

All contributions from the tour are used to purchase food, housing, and medical supplies for the nearly 2,000 monks at the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Southern India, and as seedfunds for income-generating projects aimed at eventual self-sufficiency.

General Admission:
$ 10   Adult 18+
$  6   Children 5-1 7
Free  Children under 5

Member Admission:
$ 5   Adult 18+
$  1   Children 5-1 7
Free  Children under 5

Sacred Art Tour 2016 Schedule of Events flyer

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