- October 15-22, 2017
Desai | Matta Gallery First Floorbr />California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
The CIIS Alumni Association and the Arts at CIIS announces
The Ancient Art of Mandala Sand Painting featuring the Tibetan Monks from the Sera Monastery
Desai | Matta Gallery at CIIS, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco
October 15 - 22, 2017
Come experience the ancient art of Mandala Sand Painting live in person at the CIIS Desai Matta Gallery during the week of October 15 - 22, 2017.
Join us on October 22, for the Closing Ritual at 5 PM, which marks the conclusion of the creation of the mandala. There will be a brief Q & A and refreshments will be served.
About the Mandala
Mandala of Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig )
The Mandala of Compassion
All Buddhas have their own Mandala; this is the mandala of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion. Mandala is a Sanskrit word, and its Tibetan equivalent is dkyil-khor, meaning ‘that which encircles a center.' A mandala is the palace, or celestial residence of the deity. The structure of this place models that of the ancient palaces in India. Every aspect of a mandala structure has a deep meaning.
All four directions have doorways that represent the Four Immeasurables: love, compassion, joy & equanimity. In the centre hub of the mandala the seed syllable Hri is painted, which represents the thousand armed Avalokiteshvara . This syllable can be seen as the sound manifestation of Avalokiteshvara, containing the essence of his enlightened qualities. A fire wall and a ring of Vajras surround the mandala and protect it from negative energies and conditions.