This September the Penticton Art Gallery is honoured to host the Mystical Arts of Tibet a world tour endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama featuring the monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery to promote world peace and healing by sharing Tibet’s rich and authentic sacred performing and visual arts. The tour offers a rare opportunity to witness one of the world’s most ancient sacred traditions.
The artists and performers are monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery, which has been re-established in exile in South India who are taking time off from their life-long devotion to contemplation and study to participate in the tour. These monk artists consider it an honor to be selected to represent their monastery and share their cultural traditions on the tour, hoping that in doing so they will be able to make some small contribution towards world peace and to bringing greater awareness of the Tibetan situation. At the end of each tour the monks return to Drepung Loseling Monastery to continue their vocation.
Over the course of their stay in Penticton the Monks will present a full program of cultural events with the main focus being the construction of a sand mandala in the Penticton Art Gallery’s Main Gallery. The opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday September 13th and will continue through Sunday September 17th.
The Penticton Art Gallery will also be presenting the Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music Sacred Dance performance at the Cleland Theater on Saturday, September 16th. This is a cultural showcase comprising of selections believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. Robed in magnificent regalia and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dance for world healing. The Drepung Loseling monks are particularly renowned for their multiphonic chanting known as zokkay (complete chord). Each of the main chantmasters simultaneously intones three notes, thus each individually creating a complete chord. The Tibetans are the only culture on earth that cultivates this most extraordinary vocal ability.
The last visit ten years ago left an incredible mark on the community and if you would like to help by being a billet for some of the Monks, help providing a meal or helping in any other capacity please contact the gallery. Tickets for the cultural showcase will go on sale in early August.
Showtimes and ticket prices for the Cleland Theatre showcase:
3:00 – 4:00pm One hour family matinee ~ Tickets $20 each
7:30 – 10:00pm Full Two Hour Performance ~ Tickets $35 each
Advance tickets available at the Art Gallery.