“Undying Love” by Kalsang Dawa
June 2 – 30, 2014
Hall of One Hundred Rivers
In addition to Sacred Sands – Grains of Truth, the Garden is excited to present the work of Kalsang Dawa, Vancouver-based traditional Tibetan Thangka painter.
“Kalsang Dawa grew up in Lhasa where he has painted traditional Tibetan art since the age of 14. He later moved to Dharamsala where he studied a rigorous thangka painting program under Master Artist, Venerable Sengye Yeshi, the former personal painter of the Dalai Lama.
In 1998, Kalsang moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada where he currently lives with his wife and daughter. He has been a faculty member at Emily Carr University of Art and Design since 2004.
Kalsang has exhibited his work at galleries and museums including The Royal British Columbia Museum, STM Art Gallery at University of Saskatchewan and Saint Norbert Arts Centre in Winnipeg, among others. His work has been commissioned by private collectors internationally. The Museum of Anthropology at UBC commissioned a Mandala of Compassion in 2009.
Kalsang’s art prints have been sold at the Rubin Museum in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Asian Art.”
Sacred Sands – Grains of Truth
June 11 -17, 2014
From June 11-17, 2014, the Garden offers a rare opportunity to watch and participate with Tibetan Buddhist monks in the creation of the Pema Sangthig mandala (the ”Secret Essence of the Lotus”). It is the first time ever this sand mandala is created outside of Tibet.
The week-long process of daily sand mandala creation, guided meditation, Buddhist teachings, and conversations about the significance of Tibetan sand mandalas is open to everyone, regardless of age or religious orientation. Activities start at 10:30am, conclude at 5:30pm. Guests can experience craftsmanship and artistry first hand as the sand mandala grows and evolves each day.
A special week-pass with daily unlimited access is available for $20 in advance at http://mangalashrifoundation.org OR in person at the Garden.
In addition to daily activities, there are two evening events: a Tsok (feast offering) ceremony on June 15, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, $10 and a Long Life Empowerment, June 16, 6pm – 9 pm, $50. Tickets for these events can be purchased online at http://mangalashrifoundation.org OR in person at the Garden the night of the event (cash only).
Sacred Sands – Grains of Truth is presented in partnership with the Mangala Shri Dharma Centre in Vancouver and all work is performed under the guidance of the Venerable Khenpo Sonam Rinpoche and the help of Khenpo Lophel, Khenpo Pema, and Lama Gyalpo.
A sand mandala is a two-dimensional ”map” representing a celestial view of the universe made by meticulously laying down different coloured grains of semi-precious stones to form intricate patterns. Often taking weeks to complete, sand mandalas are an iconic part of the Tibetan artistic and spiritual culture and “dissolved” soon after their creation to convey the transitory nature of material life. Participants of sand mandala creation will be allowed to keep a little bit of the sand as it is considered a blessing and it is imbued with strong positive energy.