The Drepung Loseling Monastery Monks Construct Mandala in RiverCenter Lobby

Feb 13, 2018


February 13, 2018                              


CONTACT: Carrie Corbett

Director of Marketing




The Drepung Loseling Monastery Monks Construct Mandala in RiverCenter Lobby


Columbus, GA—The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery began construction of an intricate sand mandala in the lobby of the RiverCenter on Tuesday.


Beginning with a 30-minute opening ceremony of chanting and the playing of sacred drums and horns to prepare the space, the monks then began to layout the lines in the geometric pattern that will guide the mandala creation. Over the course of the week, the monks will create the sacred Akshobhya Buddha mandala, painstakingly laying millions of grains of sand into place.


The Akshobhya Buddha (“The Unmovable One”) is one of the five Wisdom Buddhas, representing “the unshakable victor for conflict resolution and peace.”  The Akshobhya Buddha was also created after the September 11th tragedy, as was recommended by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


The mandala creation will continue through 11 a.m. Saturday, February 17, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. RiverCenter is also live streaming the work on the mandala on their Facebook page from noon to 6 p.m. each day.


At noon on Saturday, the monks will conduct their closing ceremony, disassembling the mandala to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists, and processing to disperse the sands in the river, where the waters will carry their healing energies throughout the world. The mandala creation and closing ceremonies are free and open to the public.


During their five-day residency, the monks will also give a performance of their sacred music and dance, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, on Friday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance are on sale now and can be purchased at RiverCenter’s box office Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., by phone at 706-256-3612, and online at


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