Beginning today, Mohawk Valley Community College will host the Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, ordained Tibetan Buddhist Monk, as he creates a ceremonial sand mandala in the Library in Payne Hall on the Utica Campus.
A mandala is a cosmic diagram that represents the dwelling place or celestial mansion of a deity. Sand is considered to be a superb medium because of the great skill required to create the mandala’s exquisite details.
Yignyen will be working on the mandala from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Monday, April 15. The public is welcome to stop by and watch Yignyen at work.
Yignyen was ordained as a monk by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, and entered Namgyal Monastery in Dharmsala, India, in 1969. He completed studies of the monastery, including the monastic rituals and philosophical studies. In 1985 he received the monastery's highest degree, “Master of Sutra and Tantra,” with highest honor. In 1989-1990, he assisted in the research and translation for the book “The Wheel of Time Sand Mandala,” in conjunction with the Samaya Foundation in New York City. He has constructed the sand mandala in many different venues, including colleges and schools, art museums, Times Square, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also constructed mandalas in Moscow and St. Petersburg in Russia.
For more information about this event, visit www.mvcc.edu/culture.