Lamas creating sand mandala

April 21-26, 10-12; 1-5 daily:

Creation of Chenrezig Sand Mandala, Villard Room, Main Building.

Press Release

Tibetan Buddhist lamas of the Drikung lineage.

Khenpo Choephel Choephel, Spiritual Director of the Three Rivers Dharma Center, Pittburgh, PA; originally from Drigung-til Monastery, Tibet.

Lama Konchok Sonam Karushar, Spiritual Director of Drikung Meditation Center, Boston, MA; originally from Katsel Monastery, Tibet.

Dr. Hun Yeow Lye, Founder and Spiritual Director of Urban Dharma North Carolina, Asheville, NC; PhD in Religious Studies from University of Virginia and Vajra Master in the Drikung Lineage.

April 21, 5-6:30:

Lecture by Dr. Lye, “Mandalas—Circles of Awakening: The Meaning, Uses, and History of Mandalas in Buddhism.” Villard Room.

All mandala events sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Department of Religion, Asian Studies Program, and Vassar Buddhist Sangha.

April 23, Exhibition Opening Events.


Symposium, “Many Faces, Many Names: The Bodhisattva of Compassion,” Taylor 102

James Mundy, The Anne Hendricks Bass Director of The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Welcoming Remarks.

Karen Lucic, Professor, Department of Art, “Introducing Avalokiteshvara’s Journey.”

Karen Hwang, Assistant Professor, Department of Art, “On Compassion for the Ungrateful: A Fifth-Century Painted Commentary Along the Silk Road.”

Michael Walsh, Associate Professor, Department of Religion, “A Space for Compassion; Or How to Visit a Buddhist Temple.”

Sherry Fowler, Associate Professor, The Kress Foundation Department of Art History, University of Kansas, “Printing Piety on Paper: Kannon Images from the Saigoku Pilgrimage in Japan.”

6:30-8:00: Opening Reception, The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center.

April 26, 1:00: Dissolution of Mandala and Procession.

April 30, 6:30-9: Late Night at the Loeb.

Perry Yung, A Concert of Shakuhachi Flute Music.

May 2, 1:30-4:00: Family Day.  Loeb Galleries.

Activities for Children, ages 5-10.

May 14, 4:00: Curator’s Public Gallery Talk. Loeb Galleries.