The Batte Center Presents: Mystical Arts of Tibet

Nov 17
Fri @ 7:00 pm
Mystical Arts of Tibet
November 17, 2017
Fri at 7:00 pm
The Batte Center, Wingate Board of Visitors & LYCEUM
McGee Theatre

The celebrated multiphonic singers from Tibet’s Drepung Loseling Monastery share their centuries-old sacred traditions. Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments — from 10-foot long dung-chen horns to gyaling trumpets — the monks perform ancient temple music and dances that are believed to promote world healing.

Ages 7 years +

“The production by the monk artists of Drepung Loseling Monastery is both highly professional and beautiful, and expresses the purity and sophistication of the Tibetan sacred performing arts.  I am deeply honored to be associated with it.”– Richard Gere

Mandala Sand Painting Residency: November 13-17
As part International Education Week, these practicing monk artists will create a colorful Mandala Sand Painting as a meditative practice on world healing and a symbol for the impermanence of life.  A separate Community Sand Mandala will give children and adults a chance to try their hand at this ancient practice. 
Visitors are welcome during the creating process and to the final closing ceremony when the sand mandala is destroyed and returned to the earth for a blessing of healing. 
Residency Schedule - Batte Center Rotunda Lobby:
Mon, Nov 13    Noon           OPENING CEREMONY
                      1-6pm         Sand Painting
Tue,  Nov 14   10am-6pm   Sand Painting
Wed, Nov 15   10am-6pm   Sand Painting
Thu,  Nov 16   10am-6pm   Sand Painting
Fri,   Nov 17    10-11am      Sand Painting
                       Noon          CLOSING CEREMONY
                       7pm           PERFORMANCE (McGee Theatre)




For over 25 years the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours by the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery have crossed the globe to offer these authentic, sacred Tibetan arts to enchanted audiences in major cities and smaller communities alike. Endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, these events are part of a tradition that dates back 2,500 years. 

Audiences tell us repeatedly that these programs are both inspiring and transforming. The featured highlight of numerous cultural festivals, art exhibitions, and performing arts series, these events are as relevant today as they have been in past millennia. 

The artists are monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, which has been re-established in exile in South India. The performers on The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour are not full-time professionals; rather they are genuine monks who are taking time off from their life-long devotion to contemplation and study to participate in the tour. These monk artists consider it an honor to be selected to represent their monastery and share their cultural traditions on the tour, hoping that they will be able to make some small contribution toward world peace and toward greater awareness of the Tibetan situation. At the end of each tour the monks return to Drepung Loseling Monastery to continue their vocation.

From the first tour in 1988, the Mystical Arts of Tibet tours by the Drepung Loseling monks have enjoyed an overwhelming reception across North and South America, as well as in Europe.  Due to the timeless nature of these Tibetan arts, and the spirit of universal values they inspire, the tours continue to capture the imagination of the West.