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Schedule of Tibetan events

June 1, 2009

Wicked Local Mattapoisett (Mass)
May 28, 2009

New Bedford -  Friday, May 22 - Saturday, June 6:
Community Wish Flags disbursement. Following
Tibetan tradition, the community is invited to
create their own flag with their wishes for their
city and world. Flags are collected at the end of
each day. Community flag-making will be held at
venues in down town New Bedford, including at
Gallery X, ArtWorks!, Green Bean, and at the
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center box office on
Purchase Street. Wish flags also can be picked up
at Uncle Jon’s Coffee on Front Street in Marion,
How On Earth store and café on Route 6 in
Mattapoisett, Partners Package Store in
Dartmouth, and Baker Books in Dartmouth. Wish
flags would be displayed along Purchase Street in
New Bedford. The Community Wish Flag event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.: "Tibet:
Magical Land of Spiritual Wonders" photo exhibit
opening at Gallery X, 169 William St., New
Bedford. Phone: 508-992-2675. An exhibit of 21
stunning color images taken by some of the
world’s foremost photographers of sacred and
historic places in Tibet. Images include Potala
Palace, which is the palace of the Dali Lama; the
Yumbu Lagang, which is Tibet’s first castle; the
Johang, which is Tibet’s first temple, Samye,
which is Tibet’s first monastery, as well as
several other spiritually important and
culturally significant subjects. The photo
exhibit will be on-going through June 7. Viewing
is free to the public during regular Gallery X hours.

Thursday, June 4, from 6 to 7 p.m.: Mandala sand
painting opening ceremony at Gallery X. The
opening ceremony marks the beginning of a
week-long creation of a mandala sand painting.
Painting with colored sand is one of the most
exquisite traditions of Tandric Buddhism.
Millions of grains of sand are laid into place on
a platform overa period of days to form an image
of a mandala. This ceremonial work of art
symbolizes the transitory nature of life. The
public is invited to watch daily as the monks,
called lamas, create the mandala. The event is
free and open to the public during regular Gallery X hours.

Thursday, June 4, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.: Mandala
sand painting viewing and Community sand painting
participation at Gallery X: The public is invited
to watch as artists affiliated with Gallery X
create a sand painting of their own. This
hands-on activity for children and the community
complements the monks’ mandala sand painting.

Friday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mandala
sand painting viewing and community sand painting
participation at Gallery X. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, June 5, from 6 to 7 p.m.: Opening the
Heart and blessing of the Community Garden at
Wing’s Court in New Bedford. There will be music,
chanting, and a talk led by the Lamas. This free,
public event is being held in conjunction with First Friday’s in New Bedford.

Saturday, June 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Mandala
sand painting viewing and community sand painting
participation at Gallery X. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 6, at 8 p.m.: Sacred music sacred
dance for world healing at The Zeiterion
Performing Arts Center, 684 Purchase St., New
Bedford: The Tibetan Lamas, robed in magnificent
costumes, will play traditional long horns,
trumpets, drums, and bells to promote world
healing through ancient music, song, and dance.
Each piece of music was composed centuries ago
and has been passed from generation to
generation. This is the only event where there is
an admission cost. Tickets are $35 each. For
reservations, call 508-994-2900 or go online to: www.zeiterion.org

Sunday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Mandala
sand painting viewing and community sand painting
participation at Gallery X. The event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 7 from 4 to 5 p.m.: The Lamas will
lead a free talk about "The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala" at Gallery X.

Sunday, June 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: Closing
ceremony will commence from Gallery X to the
waterfront (near Wharfinger building). This
ceremony is colorful and moving. It will be held
on the final day of the Lamas visit. The moment
the mandala is finished, it is destroyed. This is
done as a metaphor for the impermanence of life.
The sands are swept up and placed in an urn. To
fulfill the function of healing, half is
distributed to the audience, while the remainder
will be carried by procession to new Bedford’s
port, where the waters carry the healing blessing
to the ocean, and from there, throughout the
world for planetary healing. This event is free and open to the public.
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