Exhibition - Free entry

Wednesday 23 - Wednesday 30 October 10.00am-5.00pm

Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th 10.00am-4.00pm

TIBET: Sacred landscapes

Tashi Lhunpo Monks and Photographs by D Spicer, G Cranston, Kelkhang Rinpoche

A photographic exhibition leads the visitor through the magnificent landscape of Tibet into the heart of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, where the monks will be making a Sand Mandala.

The mandala is one of the most important symbols in Tibetan Buddhism, depicting a spiritual realm, generated as an aid for meditation. This intricate example is created by monks out of millions of grains of coloured sand and lies at the heart of a photographic exhibition depicting the sacred land of Tibet. The design is handed down orally by generations of Buddhist masters. It represents the palace of the Buddha, invited to the earthly realm to impart his wisdom; and on the final day it is dismantled and the sand placed in running water to spread blessings throughout the universe.   


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Lecture:  Mandalas and Sacred Geography in Tibet

Ian Baker

The western tradition of an earthly paradise relates intimately to the sacred realms of Tibetan Buddhist art. The intricate iconography of the mandala provides a ritual way for entering such places, whether virtually through imagination or geographically through pilgrimage, thereby breaking down the barriers between the spiritual and physical worlds. Hailed by National Geographic as one of ‘Seven Explorers for the Millennium’, anthropologist and author Ian Baker shares his research into the ‘hidden lands’ of the Himalayan Buddhist tradition. He explains how such earthly paradises may serve as models of environmental regeneration and open doors to undiscovered realms of perception and experience.

Tuesday 29 October 7.00pm-8.30pm

Mandala and Photographic Exhibition open from 6.00pm

Tickets £21.91   Eventbrite