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Tibetan Monk to Perform Mandala Ceremony

In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the sand mandala, which the Venerable Tenzin Yignyen has been working on for months in the Warren Hunting Smith Library atrium, will be destroyed in mere minutes. A symbol of the impermanence of life, the sand creation will be ritually dismantled and then dispersed in waters of Seneca Lake. Yignyen, an instructor of Asian languages and cultures at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a high-ranking monk within the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery, will lead the dismantling ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 9, in the library atrium. During the ceremony, Yignyen will sweep up his intricate and colorful sand creation and scoop the grains into a pot. The ceremony will then move down to the lakeside, where he will pour his creation into Seneca Lake. All are welcome to attend the entire ceremony. Yignyen joined the HWS faculty in 1998 to complement the staff and continue to emphasize the Colleges’ pursuit of global awareness among students. In addition to creating the mandala each semester, he is an instructor in meditation, Tibetan Buddhism and art, as well as Asian studies.

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