Students in HWS Tibetan Mandala Painting class to display work—then destroy it
(December 9, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.—The students in Buddhist monk Tenzin Yignyen's Tibetan Mandala Painting class at Hobart and William Smith Colleges will display their individual painted mandala and collective work of the sand mandala beginning Dec. 12 in the atrium of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on campus.
The mandala traditionally is used as a meditation tool. Every color, step, and design used to create this intricate celestial creation holds a deeper spiritual meaning.
In accordance with Buddhist tradition—as a reminder that all things are transitory—during a closing ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 18, the grains of the sand mandala will be swept up and dispersed into Seneca Lake, to bless the water.
Yignyen, a Tibetan monk from the Dalai Lama's personal monastery,
earned Master of Sutra and Tantra. He has taught Tibetan art, Buddhism and Asian studies at Hobart and William Smith since September 1998.
The public is invited to view the mandala and attend the dismantling ceremony.