Opening ceremony for the creation of the peace sand mandala


Location: Jordan Hall of Science Reading Room

Sand mandala

The University of Notre Dame’s Ruth M. Hillebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, the College of Science and the Harper Cancer Research Institute will host Arjia Rinpoche, director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Ind., and seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, for the construction of a peace sand mandala and a presentation on compassion from Nov. 18-21 (Monday-Thursday).

The opening ceremony for the sand mandala construction will be held in the Jordan Hall of Science Reading Room with the seven monks to consecrate the site of the mandala with chants, music and mantra recitation.

The monks will be constructing the mandala from Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day in the Reading room.

The campus community and public are welcome to visit and watch the progress of the sand mandala throughout the four days. The construction process will also be streamed live on the College of Science website.

These events are co-sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History and Design, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Studies, the Office of Information Technologies and the Snite Museum of Art.