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CFA presents the Mystical Arts of Tibet

Come watch and hear 11 Tibetan monks sing and play traditional instruments, perform exotic dances, and construct a mandala sand painting out of millions of grains of sand.

It all happens in a week-long residency from Sept. 26-30 as Caldwell Fine Arts and The College of Idaho present the famed multiphonic singers of Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery. The week is capped with the concert Sacred Music, Sacred Dance at 7 p.m. on Sept. 30 in Jewett Auditorium. Child tickets are $10-$25 and adult tickets are $20-$35. Tickets can be purchased at www.caldwellfinearts.org or 459-5275.

“We are so glad to be able to bring the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery to Caldwell,” said Alison Moulton, Caldwell Fine Arts Executive Director. “I think people from all backgrounds can appreciate a group whose sole focus is to bring about peace through beautiful music and art. This is going to be such a great community event!”

The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour is co-produced by Richard Gere Productions and the Drepung Loseling Institute. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing; to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization; and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

During the residency, the monks will construct a mandala sand painting. The painting begins with an opening ceremony, during which the lamas consecrate the site and call forth the forces of goodness. This is done by means of chanting, music and mantra recitation, and will be held at noon on Sept. 26 at in the Langroise Center on The College of Idaho campus.

The public can view the mandala creation and even add to a community sand painting along with the monk’s exhibit. The public can visit the mandala creation from Sept. 26 – 29 during the hours of 10 am – 4 pm.

The sand mandala will be destroyed shortly after completion. This is done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life. The sands are swept up and placed in an urn. Half is distributed to the audience at the closing ceremony, while the remainder is carried to a nearby body of water, where it is deposited. The waters then carry the healing blessing to the ocean, and from there it spreads throughout the world for planetary healing. The closing ceremony will be held at noon Sept. 30. The ceremony begins at the Langroise Center, then a procession will carry the sands down to Indian Creek where the sand will be poured. The public is invited to attend either or both parts of the closing ceremony. The opening ceremony, closing ceremony, and mandala viewing are free of charge to the public. Donations are welcomed.

The College of Idaho has a 125-year-old legacy of excellence. The C of I is known for its outstanding academic programs, winning athletics tradition and history of producing successful graduates, including seven Rhodes Scholars, three governors, four NFL players and countless business leaders and innovators. Its distinctive PEAK Curriculum challenges students to attain competency in the four knowledge peaks of humanities, natural sciences, social sciences and a professional field—empowering them to earn a major and three minors in four years. The College’s close-knit, residential campus is located in Caldwell, where its proximity both to Boise and to the world-class outdoor activities of southwest Idaho’s mountains and rivers offers unique opportunities for learning beyond the classroom.  For more information, visit www.collegeofidaho.edu.