Posted: Friday, May 29, 2015 6:48 am
CIBOLA COUNTY, NEW MEXICO – The long awaited video of Losang Samten’s mandala dismantling ceremony will finally be posted on the Cibola Beacon’s website on Sunday, May 31.
Samten visited St. Joseph Catholic School earlier this month. During his stay in Cibola County from May 4-8, Samten created a “Wheel of Life” mandala inside of the Schools’ sanctuary. “This whole week has been a great experience in coming to know the culture and tradition of Tibet, especially through a former Buddhist monk. Instead of reading about other cultures and religions, we had someone here in our midst help us learn about other people on the other side of the world,” said Antonio Trujillo, principal of the School.
On his final day at St. Joseph School at 2 p.m., Samten hosted a mandala dismantling ceremony that was very special. Trujillo said, “The dismantling ceremony was truly powerful in that much of the hard work that was put into creating the mandala and incorporating all the Catholic, Native, and Buddhist traditions were dismantled.”
Samten worked 5-6 hours a day, Monday through Friday, on the mandala specially made for our area residents.
“The ceremony really brought the reality that all the work we put into life must come to an inevitable end and what remains are the memories and stories of how we are able to love each other.”
Samten was born in Tibet, but had to flee during the Chinese invasion to Nepal, then India when he was a small child. He studied at the personal monastery of the 14th Dalai Lama.
The Ven. Losang was tasked by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1988 to come to the west and share the ancient art of the sand mandala and Tibetan Buddhist culture. Although it has a long history in Asia, much about the art was unknown to outsiders.
You can learn more about Samten online at www.losangsamten.com.