Mandala, a word which is loosely translated to the word “circle” is a sacred piece of art created with sand for the Buddhism and Hindu religions. The Mandala is seen as a piece of art to many around the world, but in these religions it symbolizes radial balance. Seeing a Mandala being created is a rare and unique experience and Navy Pier will have it available for visitors to see for free!
August 13 through the 15,Navy Pier will be hosting Tibetan Monks from the Drepund Gomand Monastery as they show how they create the Mandala. The creation of this sand painting is extremely uncommon. The Mandala is created by pouring dyed sand particles into intricate patterns onto a flat platform, then forming a diagram that represents the principles and traditions of Buddhism.
The event will run daily from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. featuring special events throughout those days. At 6 p.m. everyday the Monks will chant and play traditional instruments which will open your hears to a traditional and eccentric sound. On August 15 at 6 p.m. after the Mandala is complete, the event will conclude with a Closing Ceremony and the disassembling of the Sand Mandala.
This event is completely free and for all ages. The event will open your eyes to different forms of culture and art from around the world. For more information about this specific event or the Monks of Drepung Gomang visit www.gomang.com