Rewiring the System

Yo! Phila! Kalacharaka at the Broad Street Y

Posted in Uncategorized by rewiringangel on October 1, 2009

Wish a plane ticket flutters into my mail box that allows me to attend what might be the last Kalacharaka sand circle Mandala by Venerable Losang Samten. The kindest most honorable man I know.

Here is the schedule if you are in the area or if you feel impelled to send me a ticket to Phila! Ya!

Monday, October 26 through Sunday, November 22, 2009

~ at ~

The Gershman Y, Open Lens Gallery

401 South Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA. 19147

With Special Events Throughout The Month!!

Venerable Losang Samten is the spiritual director of Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia; Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Middletown, Connecticut ; Chenrezig Himalayan Cultural Center of El Paso,Texas.  After escaping form Tibet with his family, trekking over the Himalayas to safe haven in Nepal and then India, he entered Namgyal Monastery where he received his Master’s Degree in Buddhist Philosophy, Sutra, and Tantra, which is equivalent to the western Ph.D. In 1994, Venerable Losang received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He was granted an Honorary Doctorate of Art from the Maine College of Art in 1995. He taught Tibetan Language at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from 1994 – 1997 and was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. In 2004, he was awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.  We are blessed to have him reside here in Philadelphia when not traveling the world with his teachings and mandala creations.

Calendar of Events

All events will take place at the Gershman Y in the spaces designated below.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Mon. Oct. 26–Opening Blessings and Prayers; Preparation for Commencement of Mandala

Open Lens Gallery (Free)  9:30 AM

Please note that after today, Ven. Losang will work from Tuesday-Sunday, from 9AM to 6PM.

All are invited to come daily to view the creation of the mandala.  The work is a meditation.  However, during breaks Ven. Losang enjoys and encourages questions and dialogue, and is a wonderful storyteller.

Tuesday, Oct. 27–Tibetan Ritual Dance Workshop

Come meditate through movement with Master of Dance Venerable Losang Samten and Founder/Choreographer Manfred Fischbeck of Group Motion Dance Company as modern and ancient schools come together.

Gymnasium, 7 PM.  Admission: $10.00; $7.00, 60 years and over; students free

Monday, Nov. 2–His Holiness, The Himalayas, and Hollywood

A special evening with Shewo Lobsang Dhargyal, biographer and senior cabinet member to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, imprisoned for 20 years for his devotion to HHDL.  Afterward, there will be a showing of the documentary of Martin Scorcese’s The Making of Kundun, with commentary by Venerable Losang Samten, who served as Mr. Scorcese’s religious technical advisor and sand mandala supervisor, and was an actor in the film.

Chapel, 7:30 PM, Admission: $15.00; $10.00 for 60 years and over & students

Friday, Nov. 13–Kalachakra Meditation

Venerable Losang will lead a guided meditation to bring about bliss and inner peace through purifying the body, speech and mind. You need not have any experience with Buddhist practice to attend.

Chapel, 7:30 PM, Free

Sunday, Nov. 15–The Ritual and Secular Arts of Tibet

Experience the rich musical tradition from the Land of Snows with musicians from Tibet.  The evening will open and close with ritual chants by Tibetan Buddhist monks.

Auditorium, 7 PM, Admission: $15.00; $10.00 60 years and over & students

Wednesday, Nov. 18–Performance in Two Parts

Tibetan Buddhist practice is founded on the cultivation of the “two wings of the bird,” compassion and wisdom. Students of University of the Arts, under the supervision of composer Andrea Clearfield and choreographer Manfred Fischbeck, have taken their inspiration from the Kalachakra Mandala to create this evening’s performance.

Auditorium, 7:30 PM.  Admission: $20.00; $15.00, 60 years and over & students

Part 1 Original collaborative work by students from The University of the Arts School of Dance and School of Music inspired by the Kalachakra Mandala, with original compositions by Sam Dent, Ian Munro, Sean Paulsen and Andy Bree.

Part 2 Group Motion Dance Company with Manfred Fischbeck & Andrea Clearfield

Sunday, Nov. 22–Closing Blessings and Prayers for the Dismantling of the Mandala with the offering of sand to Mother Earth

Everyone is invited to help brush the sacred sand into the center of the mandala, which is a profound affirmation of the impermanence of all things.  Each person is invited to take a small amount of the sand and the remainder is ritually poured into a nearby body of water as a great blessing.

Open Lens Gallery, 12 noon, Free.

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