Sacred Earth and Healing Arts of Tibet: A Visit from the Gaden Shartse Tibetan Buddhist Monks

Gaden Shartse Sand Mandala 1The Buddhist Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery will offer lectures, teachings and cultural performances from September 9-13.

Visitors may also view the ongoing construction of the sand mandala in the Cowles Library Reading Room between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Monday, September 9, 9:00 a.m., Collier Heritage Room, Cowles Library

Sand Mandala Opening ceremony

View a time lapse video of the mandala process from beginning to end:

Monday, September 9, 7:00 p.m., Collier Heritage Room, Cowles Library

Lecture: Path of the Bodhisattva

Listen to audio of the lecture:

Tuesday, September 10, 7:00 p.m., Sheslow Auditorium

An Evening of Sacred Music and Dance

View a video of the performance:

Wednesday,September 11, 7:00 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room

Lecture: World Peace and the Unity of all Religions

Listen to audio of the lecture:

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room

Buddhist Community Dialogue with representatives from the Tibetan monks, Des Moines Zen Center, Wat Lao Buddhavas of Des Moines and Tu Vein Hong Duc.

Listen to audio of the Dialogue:

Friday, September 13, 7:00 p.m., Cowles Library Reading Room

Sand Mandala Closing ceremony

View video of the Closing ceremony:

For information on the Gaden Shartse monks, visit

Parking Information:

Parking for visitors to the Mandala building is located in the visitor pay parking lot at 28th/University or street parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.

For the performance in Sheslow on Tuesday evening, parking is closest in Lot #1 (Fine Arts Lot), which becomes a visitor lot after 4:30 p.m. This lot could also be used for parking for the other events.

Campus Parking Map

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