Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, an instructor of Asian languages and cultures at Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1998 and a high-ranking monk within the Dalai Lama’s personal monastery, was featured in the Oct. 12 Canandaigua Daily Messenger. The story “Going with the flow” told of a sand mandala Tenzin created at Finger Lakes Community College. He dismantled it Oct. 12, and poured into a stream on campus.
Yignyen has taught and constructed mandalas throughout the United States, including the Natural Museum of History in Los Angeles; Windstar Foundation in Aspen, Colo.; the Cleveland Museum of Art in Ohio; the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester and Cornell University.
At HWS, Tenzin creates sand mandalas each semester with students. In addition to creating the mandala, he is an instructor in meditation, Tibetan Buddhism and art, as well as Asian studies.