Creation of the Sand Mandala | Navy Pier

The people have asked and the people shall receive. Back by popular demand, the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery in India join us here at Navy Pier for another weekend of meditation, peaceful prayer, and stunning art creation.

The Monks last visited Chicago back in August and drew large crowds curious to witness their unique religious ceremony. Starting Thursday, October 11 and concluding on Saturday, October 13, visitors will be able to experience the magic created under the fingertips of the Tibetan Monks for the first, or perhaps second, time in Navy Pier’s beautiful Crystal Gardens.

Over three days, the Monks will create a magnificent sand Mandala, a sacred sand painting representing the principles and traditions of Buddhism. The Mandala holds special significance to Tibetan Buddhists who see it as a place of Nirvana and peace and also a symbol of balance. Day by day, the Monks will slowly take colored sand and shape it into intricate patterns until the full Mandala diagram has been constructed. During breaks, they will chant, another ancient tradition you definitely do not want to miss.

To see the finished sand Mandala, make sure you stop by before the Closing Ceremony on Saturday at 2 p.m. when the piece is dissembled!


Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. with Chanting at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. with Chanting at 12 p.m. and Closing Ceremony at 2 p.m.

For more information on the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery and their mission, please visit their website.

2 Responses to Creation of the Sand Mandala | Navy Pier
  1. Morgan
    October 13, 2012 | 2:33 pm

    The piece was gorgeous! The monks were welcoming and nice. Their art work is magnificent, if you’re a person that loves culture you should’ve been there! The atmosphere was truly majestic and beautiful. I enjoyed immensely :D

    • Paul Mulvihill
      October 15, 2012 | 8:09 am

      So glad you could join us, Morgan! It truly was spectacular!

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