Mystical Arts of Tibet

Come enjoy art and education from the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery AUG 16–20 at the Virginia Holocaust Museum in downtown Richmond, Virginia! Join the monks as they create a 5-day sand mandala, do daily public evening meditations and more! FREE EVENT/FREE PARKING!!!

+PUBLIC SAND PAINTING will be there for you to try out and help fill in!


The monks will also have a great selection of Buddhist items for sale the whole week!

12PM: Chanting and laying out the mandala, don’t miss this amazing event! Then the creation of the mandala will happen until 6 pm.
6PM: Public meditation with chanting

AUG 17th:
10AM–6PM: Making the sand mandala
6PM-6:20PM: Public meditation with the monks

AUG 18th:
10AM–6PM: Making the sand mandala
6PM–6:20PM: Public meditation with the monks

AUG 19th:
10AM–6PM: Making the sand mandala
6PM–6:20PM: Public meditation with the monks

AUG 20th:
10AM–12PM: Finishing the mandala
1PM: CLOSING CEREMONY beautiful chanting and dissolution of the entire mandala, small packets of the sand will be handed out to the audience *we cannot guarantee all attendees will get sand we will do our best!* then the remaining environmentally-friendly sand will be deposited into a local waterway after the closing at the museum-this is an awesome part of the ceremony where all the positive blessings of the event are sent out to the world!

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The Choral Synagogue Auditorium

Labeled one of the most beautiful synagogues in the Jewish world on the eve of the Holocaust, the Chore Shul (Yiddish for Choral Synagogue) of Kovno certainly was a gem of synagogue architecture. Dedicated in 1871, its name “chore” places the synagogue as a superb example of the large “choral synagogue” tradition of the second half of the nineteenth century in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in the Russian Empire.

Jay Ipson, Museum co-founder, Holocaust survivor and Kovno native, opted to copy this architectural treasure in order to offer visitors some idea of the rich Jewish religous and cultural heritage that had existed before the Holocaust. Working with Marc Cohen and Trademark Woodworking, the original building’s plan moved from idea to actuality and now serves as the Museum’s auditorium.

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