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Buddhist Sand Mandala to be created at CSR

Buddhist Sand Mandala being created by Lama Karma Chopal
at the College of Saint Rose Interfaith Sanctuary (959 Madison Ave. 12203)
March 28-April 1st

A week of events celebrating faith and sacredness expressed through art will center around the making of a sand mandala with Buddhist monk Lama Karma Chopal. Visitors will be able to witness the mandala being created throughout the day when Lama Chopal will be at work from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 5 p.m daily. The mandala can be viewed in the Interfaith Sanctuary from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 28th through March 31st and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1st. The mandala and related events being held each evening are open to the public. In addition to the opportunity to see the mandala in progress there will be a number of accompanying programs this week, the highlights of which include: opening and closing ceremonies, Rae` Frasier speaking about Sacred Graffiti – The Holy Ground of Mural Making in Urban Communities and Fr. Gary Gelfenbein presenting on The Common Ground in the Sacred: Circles and Spheres in Art and Architecture of Cultural and Religious Expression. These are just a few of a number of great opportunities, so check out the website for more information: www.strose.edu/2022/03/08/week-of-sanctuary-events-includes-sand-mandala-exploration-of-faith-through-art/

In addition to the opportunity to see the mandala in progress, the following events will be held at the Interfaith Sanctuary March 28th through April 1st:

  • Monday, March 28th
    9 a.m. Opening Ceremony for the mandala
    7 p.m. Illustrated Hebrew Manuscripts: Art as Interpretation of Sacred Texts with Rabbi David Eligberg of Temple Israel in Albany
  • Tuesday, March 29th
    7 p.m. Music and Meditation with the Mandala: Breathing and resting in sacred space
  • Wednesday, March 30th
    4:30 p.m. Islamic Art: Arabic Calligraphy as Art with Elizabeth Zahdan from the Bright Hope Center
    7 p.m. Without Center, Without Fringe: Mandala Principle at the Heart of Art with artist Jeff Wigman, coordinator for the Shambhala Meditation Group of Troy
  • Thursday, March 31st
    5 p.m. Sacred Graffiti: The Holy Ground of Mural-Making in Urban Communities with artist Raè Frasier
  • Friday, April 1st
    12 Noon – The Common Ground in the Sacred: Circles and Spheres in Art and Architecture of Cultural and Religious Expression with Father Gary Gelfenbein from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
    4 p.m. Closing Ceremony for the sand mandala