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Glencairn hosts Tibetan sand mandala creation



The Venerable Losang Samten, with children with a previous sand mandala at Glencairn, was the first Buddhist given permission by the Dalai Lama to make Mandalas in the West.

Glencairn Museum, 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, invites individuals and families to get up close and personal with one of the Museum’s most popular “sacred arts” artisan crafts: the building of a traditional Tibetan Buddhist sand mandala.

The Venerable Lama Losang Samten, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who has been demonstrating the making of a sand mandala at the museum’s annual spring Sacred Arts Festival for several years, returns to Glencairn’s Great Hall Wednesday through Sunday, April 18 to 22.

Donations are welcome April 18 to 21; entry is included with Sacred Arts Festival admission April 22. The Great Hall is open afternoons for self-guided tours of the space on these days.

Using small tubes, funnels and scrapers called chak-pur, Losang sifts colored fine sand onto areas of the mandala to develop the intricate, brilliantly hued design. Working from 1 to 4:30 p.m. each day, Losang builds the mandala over five days, explaining the time-consuming process to visitors. At 4 p.m. April 22, Sacred Arts Festival guests may participate in the ritual dismantling of the mandala and even take home some of the colored sand.

Glencairn’s Sacred Arts Festival is held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 22. For information, visit glencairnmuseum.org or call 267-502-2990.

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