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Baruch College Event to Feature Sand Mandala Ceremony and Panel Discussion, October 7-8

"Mandala: The Art of Mindfulness" Event to Feature Tibetan Monks from South India's Namdroling Monastery

NEW YORK, NY- October 4, 2013 - Baruch College is welcoming a Tibetan tradition to campus as part of the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project, which aims to integrate arts into the college curriculum. During the two-day "Mandala: The Art of Mindfulness," event, open to the public from October 7-8, Tibetan monks from Namdroling Monastery in South India will build a sand mandala that will measure 4 x4 using colored sand. Construction of the sand mandala will begin with a Lama dance at 9 a.m.

In July 2010, Baruch College was awarded a five-year grant of $1 million ($200,000 per year) by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation to create The Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project. The project has supported collaborations between the college and Rubin Museum of Art to integrate arts programming into the curriculum for 34 faculty members.

Panelists for the sand mandala event are: Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, Professor of Buddhist Studies with the Namdroling Monastery; Gina Sharpe, Co-founder and Guiding Teacher of the New York Insight Meditation Center; Christian Luczanits, Senior Curator with the Rubin Museum of Art; and Alexander Gardner, Managing Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

The monks were invited to construct the mandala by Dr. Stan Altman, Director of the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project and Professor of Public Affairs. The program will also feature Voices of Tibet Portrait Exhibition by photographer Nyra Lang and poster presentations by John Jay College of Criminal Justice & Hunter College.

Media are invited to interview the monks and take photos of the construction of the sand mandala. The dismantling of the sand mandala will take place at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a walk to the East River, where the sand will be dispersed into the body of water, a Buddhist Tibetan tradition.


WHAT:  Traditional sand mandala ceremony and discussion presented by Tibetan monks
from Namdroling Monastery in South India

WHEN:   9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, October 7 and 8

WHERE: Baruch College’s Newman Vertical Campus Building, Multi-purpose Room (first floor),
1-107, located at 55 Lexington Avenue (enter on 25th Street)



Monday, October 7:

9 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Opening Ceremony featuring a traditional Cham dance

10:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m.: Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche speaks about mandalas

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Private interviews with the Rinpoche (By appointment only)

1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.: Continuation of Sand Mandala


Tuesday, October 8:

9 a.m: Sand mandala creation continues

12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Panel Discussion, “Mandala: The Art of Mindfulness”
at Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center

2 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Private interviews with the Rinpoche (By appointment only)                                                 

3 p.m. - 4 p.m.: Closing ceremony featuring a traditional Cham dance

4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.: Dismantling of sand mandala

4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Voluntary walk to the East River to disseminate the sand




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 4 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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