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'Mystical Arts of Tibet' Coming to St. Charles Community College

A tour that promotes the artistic activities of Tibet and the Drepung Loseling Monastery is coming to the campus on March 28.

will host the "Mystical Arts of Tibet," a tour that promotes the artistic activities of Tibet and the Drepung Loseling Monastery, March 28 to 31. The events are free and open to the public.

The presentation is sponsored by SCC's Multicultural Programming Committee and the Student Activities Office.

Throughout the week, the group will construct a Mandala Sand Painting, a tradition of Tantric Buddhism where millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform, in the student lounge of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building. Visitors are invited to watch the construction of the sand painting and learn how to use the tools.

The Mandala Opening Ceremony will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 28, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building, where the monks will consecrate the site of the Mandala Sand Painting.

A lecture, "The Life of a Tibetan Monk," by the head lama of the Drepung Loseling Monastery, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. He will discuss his personal experiences and the Tibetan monk culture and lifestyle.

Another lecture, "Meditation: A Tool for Conscious Living and Stress Relief," will be held from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. A lama from the group of monks will share what is needed for a peaceful everyday life.

The Mandala Closing Ceremony will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in the auditorium of the Social Sciences Building. A ceremony will be performed by the monks to dismantle the Mandala Sand Painting they created throughout the week. A portion of the sand will be distributed to the audience.

For more information on the Mystical Arts of Tibet and Mandala Sand Painting, visitwww.mysticalartsoftibet.org. For more information about the events at SCC, contact Mandi Smith, student activities specialist, at 636-922-8469 or asmith@stchas.edu.

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