While this event is taking place in Tehachapi, it is being organized in part by Venice residents! Check it out, it is free to attend!
From the Ari Bhöd’s Retreat Center:
Traditionally trained Tibetan Lama/Artists, Venerable Gelong Kalsang Rinpoche, Venerable Lama Nawang Thogmed (Master Artist), Lama Sampten Lhundrup and Lama Kalsang Dorje will create a sand mandala representing boundless compassion, infused with the intention and blessings to foster healing and the development of positive qualities such as lovingkindness.
A sand mandala is a sacred sand painting following precise and ancient instructions. Millions of grains of colored sand will be sprinkled carefully on a flat surface in the context of an elaborate two-week ceremony at Pema Drawa in Tehachapi California, just two hours outside of Los Angeles.
November 3rd – November 17th
Daily Viewing Hours: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Lunch Break: 1- 2:30 PM
Chenrezig Evening Practice (all are welcome): 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 18th: Dissolution Ceremony
Chenrezig Practice & Tsok Offering: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Sweeping of the Sand/ Dissolution Procession: 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Please register to receieve event location and directions. Feel free to visit at any time during viewing hours, or please join us for one of the following public events:
WEEKEND TOURS: Saturday & Sunday November 10th & 11th and November 17th & 18th @ 11:00 AM
PUBLIC TEACHINGS – Suggested Donations: $15.00 (members) $20.00 (non-members).
Teachings on the Chenrezig Mantra (the Mani Mantra), with Venerable Gelong Kelsang Rinpoche: Saturday, Nov. 10th @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Art of Sand Mandala, with Master Artist Venerable Lama Nawang Thogmed: Sunday, November 11th @ 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
The Body as Mandala – The Art of Transformation, with Dr. Tsering Chozom: Saturday November 17th @ 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM