TEQUESTA, Fla. – A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the mystery and the beauty of an ancient tradition is coming to The Lighthouse ArtCenter. Eight Tibetan monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery are journeying to the ArtCenter as a part of the Dalai Lama-sanctioned Sacred Art Tour. The entire community is invited to welcome the monks and to witness the intricate and inspiring creation process of a sand mandala within the ArtCenter’s museum. The Sacred Art Tour begins on February 9 with an opening ceremony and culminates with a blessing of the waterway on February 15 at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse. The week also includes ceremonies, workshops, prayers and blessings for the community.
Katie Deits, Executive Director of the Lighthouse ArtCenter says,” As the center of art and culture in northern Palm Beach County and Martin counties, the Lighthouse ArtCenter welcomes the opportunity to present culture from across the globe that fosters peace, understanding and compassion presented as art.”
The tour is supported 100% by a network of volunteers who invite these scholars and artisan Buddhist monks to share with our community the rare, ancient, culturally rich and diverse Tibetan art, customs and spiritual wisdom. The monks have embarked on the Sacred Art Tour to bring teachings that create the possibility of global peace, compassion and wisdom. The creation of a sand mandala is imbued with meaning. On the outer level they represent the world in its divine form; on the inner level, they represent a map by which the ordinary human mind is transformed into the enlightened mind; and on the secret level, they predict the primordially perfect balance of the subtle energies of the body and the clear light dimension of the mind. The creation of a sand painting is said to affect purification and healing on these three levels.
Cynthia Trone, Director of Education at the Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art, says that she “chose the theme of compassion for the mandala. Compassion is what we invite into our lives every day, along with gratitude, to live a full and happy life. We need compassion not only for each other and our own selves, but also for our very fragile natural environment here in South Florida.”
To learn more about the Drepung Gomang Monastery, please visit their website at www.drepunggomang.org.