St. John's Episcopal Church
235 W. Duffy
Norman, OK 73069
"Mandala" literally means "that which extracts the essence." A group of Tibetan scholars will discuss and demonstrate the creation of sand mandalas during a five-day process as a means of promoting harmony and compassion. After the opening ceremony on Tuesday, March 21, the Tibetan scholars will create a sand mandala from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm from Wednesday through Saturday, with lectures and Q&A sessions held Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7:00 pm on a variety of topics related to Tibetan culture. The scholars will explain the history and purpose of mandalas in Tibetan culture, and they will perform multiphonic chanting during the opening ceremony.
During the creation of the mandala, guests are invited to come and go as often as they like and may converse with the scholars. A practice table will also be set up so guests can work with the same materials as the scholars with hands-on assistance. A closing ceremony will be held on Saturday the 25th at 3:30 pm. The sand mandala events are free and open to the public, and the lectures on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th will have a suggested donation of $10.