Mystical Arts of Tibet

Mon, 09/30/2013 - Fri, 10/04/2013

  • Open to the public
  • Contact: Jason Loscuito
  • Phone: 864.596.9078
  • Location: Chapman Cultural Center
  • Admission: There is a $10.00 charge for the Sacred Music/Sacred Dance program.
  • Multiple-Day Event: Repeats every 1 days until Friday, October 4, 2013


Have a transformative experience!

From Monday, September 30th to Friday, October 4th, Converse and Wofford Colleges and the Chapman Cultural Center will host Tibetan Lamas from the Drepung Loseling Monastery for a series of cultural events. A group of Tibetan Lamas from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Sand Mandala in the lobby of David Reid Theater at the Chapman Cultural Center. On Thursday evening the Lamas will perform a Sacred Music/Sacred Dance in the David Reid Theater. Professors from Wofford and Converse will present a series of lectures throughout the week. All events are open to the public.

More information can be found on Wofford's event page and the Chapman Cultural Center's event page.


All events will take place in the David Reid Theatre at the Chapman Cultural Center. 


Monday, September 30

12:00 -1:00 pm – Opening Construction Ceremony
1:00-8:00 pm - Mandala Sand Painting
6:30 - 7:30 pm – Opening lecture by Dr. David S. Efurd, Assistant Professor of Art History, Wofford College: “A Cosmos Visualized: The Mt. Meru System in Buddhist Art and Practice”

Tuesday, October 1

10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Mandala Sand Painting
12:00 - 1:00 pm - Lecture by Ruth Beals, Owings Associate Professor of Interior Design and Coordinator of Interior Design, Converse College: "China's Comfortable Housing - Culturally Uncomfortable for Tibetans"
6:30 -7:30 pm – Lecture by Dr. Jeremy E. Henkel, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Wofford College: “On Having No Self: The Case for Compassion in Buddhism”

Wednesday, October 2

10:00 am - 7:00 pm - Mandala Sand Painting
12:00 - 1:00 pm – Lecture by Dr. Sherry Fohr, Associate Professor of Religion and Co-Director of the Women's Studies Program, Converse College: “Introduction to Buddhism”
2:00 - 3:00 pm – Lecture by Dr. Trina Janiec Jones, Associate Professor of Religion, Wofford College: “Imagining Tibet”
6:30 - 7:30 pm – Lecture by Geshe Tsering Dhondup: “Symbolism of the Sand Mandala” (translated by Mr. Lobsang Norbu)

Thursday, October 3

10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Mandala Sand Painting
7:00 – 9:00 pm - Sacred Music/Sacred Dance performance

Friday, October 4

10:00 - 11:00 am - Mandala Sand Painting
11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Display of Completed Mandala Sand Painting
12:00 – 12:45 pm – Deconstruction Ceremony

More about the program:

The mandala will be constructed in the Tantric Buddhist tradition, using a metal funnel called a chakpur to create large circular designs with colored sand. At noon on Sept. 30, there will be an opening ceremony where the monks consecrate the site. The experience is meditative yet intense, aiming toward cultural, artistic, and spiritual enlightenment. To construct the mandala, millions of grains of sand will be painstakingly laid into place over 25-30 hours. Deconstruction of the mandala begins noon Friday and is followed by a walk to a nearby source of natural running water, such as a creek. Some sand will be distributed among the audience, while the rest will be ceremoniously poured into the flowing water. This symbolizes the impermanence of life and the return to cosmic awareness.

In recent years the Mystical Arts of Tibet performance Sacred Music Sacred Dance, featuring the famed singers of Drepung Loseling Monastery, has taken the world by storm. Their two-hour stage performance combines multiphonic chanting, music and dance into an unforgettable experience. The pieces are drawn from authentic temple dances, performed for thousands of years in Tibet. The ancient rhythms and colorful, intricate costumes delight audiences of all ages. On previous tours the monks have shared the stage with Philip Glass, Kitaro, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Michael Stipe, Patti Smith, Natalie Merchant, the Beastie Boys and many others.

The monks are from Drepung Loseling Monastery, which was re-established in exile in south India. They have since toured in over 100 cities in the US and around the world to South and Central America, Asia and Europe. These tours are dedicated to the preservation of the endangered Tibetan Buddhist tradition of wisdom and compassion.

For more information on the event, visit or call (864) 542-ARTS.