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The Mystical Arts of Tibet Sacred Music, Sacred Dance

A Richard Gere and Drepung Loseling Production


Pealer Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center



The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery return to Frostburg for an extraordinary five-day residency endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The performance of Sacred Music, Sacred Dance combines chanting, music and dance with a goal of world healing. Pieces are drawn from the authentic Tibetan temple dances and music that have been performed for thousands of years.

Drepung Loseling monks are renowned for multiphonic chanting, known as zokkay (complete chord). Chantmasters simultaneously intone three notes, each individually creating a complete chord. Robed in colorful, intricate costumes and playing traditional instruments, the monks invite audiences to experience the beauty of their ancient culture. The New York Times described the experience as “remarkable … the music and the dance invoke sacred ecstasy.”

$19.20 $24.00 $21.60 $5.00

Experience the Tibetan Culture

Explore the connections among Tibetan meditative practices, art forms and culture. All programs are led by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, who was chosen at age 14 to study at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, the private school of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Unless otherwise stated, the activities will be held in the Lane University Center’s Atkinson Room. 

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All events below are free and open to the public.

Mandala Sand Painting
The Architecture of Enlightenment
Sunday, March 5, through Thursday, March 9

Lewis J. Ort Library
Free and Open to the Public

Mandala sand painting has its roots in the tantric legacy of Buddhist India, extending back more than 20,000 years. The lamas painstakingly lay millions of grains of sand to create the traditional iconography of ancient spiritual symbols. They begin by drawing an outline of the mandala on a wooden platform. Over the next five days, colored sands are delicately poured from traditional metal funnels called chak-purs. On completion, the sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To fulfill the function of healing, half of the sand is distributed to spectators, while the remainder is dispersed in a nearby body of flowing water to carry the healing blessing to the ocean; from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing.

Visit the Lewis J. Ort Library throughout the week to observe the monks creating the mandala.

Mandala Creation Daily Schedule
Sunday  |  3 - 7 PM
Monday - Wednesday  |  10 AM - 7 PM
Thursday  |  10 AM - Noon
Free and Open to the Public

Mandala Opening Ceremony
Sunday, March 5  |  3 PM
Free and Open to the Public

The monks consecrate the mandala site with traditional chants, music and mantra recitation.

Mandala Closing Ceremony
Thursday, March 9  |  Noon
Free and Open to the Public

The monks dismantle the sand mandala for dispersal in a nearby body of flowing water. Half of the sand is distributed to observers as blessings for personal health and healing.

Lectures and Workshops

Symbolism of the Sand Mandala
Sunday, March 5  |  5 PM

Free and Open to the Public
Learn more about this sacred cosmogram and its use as an object of contemplation. Approximately 1 hour

Opening the Heart: Arousing the  Mind of Universal Kindness
Monday, March 6  |  Noon

Free and Open to the Public
Love and kindness are mental archetypes that all beings possess. The more we strengthen them, the more beneficial we become to others and ourselves. Approximately 1 hour

Interfaith Dialogue, Dinner and Lecture
The Psychology of Enlightenment
Monday, March 6  |  6 PM

City Place, Water St., Frostburg
Free and Open to the Public
Space is limited to 120 participants. Be sure to reserve your FREE tickets

Community members and people of all faiths are invited for a thought-provoking discussion accompanied by a potluck dinner. CES will provide entrée and beverages; we request that attendees bring a side dish or dessert to share with the group.  Guests will meet the monks’ spiritual director, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, and learn about the conscious development of health and stability.

The Ancient Art of Healing: The Tibetan Buddhist Approach
Tuesday, March 7  |  Noon

Free and Open to the Public
Discover the connection between the body and mind and learn about ancient approaches to healing through meditation, mantras and visualizations.
Approximately 1 hour

Basic Meditation Techniques for Health and Clarity
Tuesday, March 7  |  6 PM

Free and Open to the Public
Experience meditation practices to quiet the mind and achieve inner clarity and well-being. Approximately 90 minutes

Meditation: A Tool for Conscious Living
Wednesday, March 8  |  Noon

Learn how meditation allows relaxation from within the core of the spirit and promotes understanding of life’s processes. Approximately 1 hour

Tibetan Meditations for Eliminating Stress and Anxiety
Wednesday, March 8  |  7 PM

Free and Open to the Public
Compassion meditation is relevant and powerful in the modern world. Experience the medical and health benefits of this Tibetan practice. Approximately 90 minutes

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Sponsored by Peter and Iris Halmos Family Foundation, FSU Student Affairs and Lewis J. Ort Library


Maryland State Arts CouncilFSU Foundation 
City of Frostburg National Endowment for the Arts

The engagement of the Mystical Arts of Tibet is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. CES is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The CES 60th Anniversary season is supported in part by the City of Frostburg and the FSU Foundation.

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