By Venerable Losang Samten
At the Chico State University BMU
Jan 28th- March 1st (Tues-Sun 10am-5pm)
A rare, historic and sacred event will be at the University of California in Chico. Come to the Bell Memorial Union and experience this one month long process of creating the ancient Kalachakra Sand Painting referred to as "The Wheel of Time". The Dalai Lama has given permission to Losang Samten to create this mandala in Chico. Losang is highly skilled in this meditational art from Tibet's monasteries which is intended to bring peace and healing to all its viewers, as well as to the environment. The path of its colors has symbolic meaning in every detail and is said to trace the progression toward the state of Awakening and Inner Peace.
Losang is scheduled to be at the BMU Tuesdays-Sundays from 10-5 working on the mandala. He enjoys and encourages questions as well as dialogue, and is a wonderful storyteller. While taking breaks he shares these tales. Every story will lead the listener into the heart of Tibet's deep teachings on wisdom and compassion.
All are welcome! In addition there will be evening teachings and programs on and off campus, as well as teachings for various on campus classes. Daily notices will be posted near the mandala for these details.
The opening ceremony will be on January 28th and the closing will be on March 1st. Don't miss this. The sand of this exquisite painting will be collected, some distributed to those present and the rest poured into the nearby creek. The message is that all things are impermanent, highlighting the idea of not getting "too attached". You will feel the peace of a tradition carried on by a living master of this art.
Some Special Dates
Feb 12 - International Forum - Holt Rm 5:00-5:50pm, open to public.
Feb 13 - Sacred Tibetan Dance - Spiritual Enrichment Center, 2565 California Park Drive 7-9 pm Suggested donation $10.00.
Feb 16-17 - Tibetan Cultural Festival, Masonic Family Center, 1110 East W. East Avenue, Chico 9 am - 7 pm.
Feb 19 - Religious Studies lecture - 4-5:15 pm Humanities Center open to public.
Feb 22 - Tea Ceremony - Church or Religious Studies Paradise, 789 Billie Rd
6:30 pm Suggested donation $10.00.
Feb 24 - 1 Day Buddhist Retreat - Masonic Family Center, 1110 W. East Avenue, Chico 10 am -4 pm.
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