The Monks Are Coming!

Tentative dates Aug. 16-20
Art Center will be open Sunday, Aug. 20 (regular $3 admission for non-members)

The Art Center has hosted monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastic College in Mundgod, Karnataka, India several times in the past decade, most recently in 2013. We are thrilled to welcome them back this summer for the creation of a sand mandala and possibly a butter sculpture demonstration. There are many different mandalas in the Buddhist tradition, and each one represents the architectural layout of the dwelling of a specific deity.

Gaden Shartse began in Tibet in the fifteenth century and was founded in its present location in 1969, by members who escaped the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. The Art Center visit is part of a larger tour, with a group of monks traveling all over the United States this summer to share the Buddha’s teachings. The tour also raises funds for the monastery, which help maintain its temples, classrooms, library, and grounds, as well as support its over 1000 students.

More information coming soon. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, or if your organization would like to partner with The Art Center on programming during the monks’ visit, please contact Executive Director Lee Borden (

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