A group of Tibetan Buddhist monks will be touring the Pacific Northwest this June creating Sand Mandalas in three locations, including Bellingham. This free, unique cultural exhibit is under the sponsorship of the Kilung Foundation, a non-profit in Washington state, along with Pema Kilaya Sangha, based on Whidbey Island.
This traditional ritual is a form of meditation practiced by monks actively generating compassion with an awareness of the impermanence of reality—for the purpose of healing the natural environment and all living beings. It is an exquisite and rare form of sacred art practiced in Tibet and other Himalayan countries.
In Bellingham, the monks will create the mandala at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center on June 13 and conduct the dissolution ritual on June 14. The monks’ sponsor for the NW tour, Dza Kilung Rinpoche, will give a public talk on Friday, June 14 at Noon, to explain the meaning and history of the ritual, and may include a short meditation.
The public is invited to visit, observe and engage throughout the process. It will provide a unique educational and cultural opportunity to observe the ritual creation of the Sand Mandala, the meditative practices of the monks, and an exquisite example of this sacred art form. As well, it will create an oasis of peace and inspiration for all in attendance at this “meditation in action.”
See details for the other two locations — Seattle (June 6/7) and Whidbey Island (June 9/10) — on the event website.