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Festival of Tibet: Exhibitions

WED 22–SUN 26 JANUARY, 2014

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Tenzin Choegyal

Over four days the Festival of Tibet will offer an experience of divine art and inspiration.

Whether you want to watch the Tashi Lhunpo Monks create their stunningly beautiful sand mandala, or get hands-on and make your own Mala, there is something for everyone to widen the mind and encourage the soul.

SAND MANDALA by Tashi Lhunpo Monks of TIBET
10am–5pm Daily
Turbine Platform
Throughout the Festival, the monks will create a stunningly beautiful sand mandala. Millions of grains of brightly coloured sand are placed with great skill and patience using a metal funnel called a chak phur to form intricate geometric designs.

Beautifully detailed and highly symbolic, the sand mandala takes many days to complete, with the process culminating in the spiritually charged dissolution ceremony on the final day. Only in the last few decades has this ancient sacred art been brought out of the monasteries for all to witness.

COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS: Make your own Mala
3pm–5pm Daily
Turbine Platform
Create your own strand of sacred prayer beads in the tradition of Tibetan philosophy under the guidance of Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet. Participants will learn the symbolism and proper use of their own strand of 108 beads and will have the opportunity to have their new mala blessed by the monks.

Materials, including beads, are made of eco-friendly wood, glasses and crystals. The whole family can enjoy this hands-on workshop.

10am–5pm Daily
Turbine Platform
An exhibition of Tibetan Thangka paintings will transform the Powerhouse’s Turbine Platform into a sacred space of stunning buddhas, bodhisattvas and deities. All paintings by Tibetan Artists in exile.

The exhibition also features cutting edge contemporary Tibetan art by master painter Karma Phuntsok. Although traditionally trained, Karma also applies a range of innovative techniques and materials in his work, creating unique and dynamic expressions of contemporary Buddhist Art. Karma’s art is featured in collections around the world including the Queensland Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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See an exhibition
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