Mount St. Joseph University

Sacred Arts Tour 2017: Tibetan Monks to Create Sand Mandala in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery


By: Amanda Gratsch

File Under: sand mandala, studio san giuseppe, tibetan monks

Beginning Monday, November 13 through November 17, 2017 as part of the Sacred Arts Tour 2017, Mount St. Joseph University is excited to once again host the creation of the Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, Sand Mandala. The Mandala will be completed by the Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Studio San Giuseppe Art Gallery, located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building.

Sand painting is an ancient art form of Tibetan Buddhism. Carefully constructed from dyed sand particles and destroyed at the end of the ritual, the purpose of the Sand Mandala is to generate compassion through symbolizing the impermanence of all phenomena and to spread the healing energy of the Mandala to all of creation.

The Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m. in Studio San Giuseppe, where the Monks will prepare for the construction of the Mandala through chanting and powerful prayers for peace, prosperity, and healing. The Final Dissolution Ceremony will begin on Friday, Nov. 17 at 11:30 a.m. in the gallery and conclude at 1 p.m., followed by the dispersal of Mandala sands into the Ohio River.

The event is open to the public, and parking and admission are free.

Studio San Giuseppe is a nonprofit art gallery located in the Dorothy Meyer Ziv Art Building on the campus of Mount St. Joseph University, Delhi and Neeb roads in Delhi Township, 15 minutes west of downtown Cincinnati. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Admission is free.  For more information, please contact Velma Dailey at for more details.