Union College


MonkCam 2005

12 monks from the Gaden Jangtse Monastery in India are visiting from April 11-15

During their stay at Union, they will construct a “Sand Mandala of Wisdom” in the Nott Memorial which will be broadcast live via the web.

Sand Mandala of Compassion


  • Sand Mandala Construction
    Tu-Fri, 10 am-5 pm, Nott Memorial
  • Multi-tonal Chanting Concert
    Tuesday, April 12, 7 p.m., Old Chapel
  • Philosophical Debate
    Wednesday, April 13, 5 p.m., Humanities 117
  • Talk on Political Oppression in Tibet
    Thursday, April 14, 7 p.m. Reamer College Center auditorium
  • Lama Dances and Closing Ceremony
    Friday, April 15, 4 p.m. in Nott Memorial.
    The monks will dismantle the Sand Mandala in a ceremony that includes chanting and costumed dances, and then they will disperse the sand in the Mohawk River.


A video installation, Nanomandala will also be on exhibit through April 24 on the first floor in the Nott Memorial, in conjunction with the visit . The installation is through the black curtain behind the podium.

Nanomandala was created by UCLA artist Victoria Vesna and UCLA nanotechnologist James Gimzewski, based on a mandala created by monks from the Gaden Lhopa Khangtsen monastery in India. The artists note that the purposeful arrangement of individual atoms bears some resemblance to the methods monks use to laboriously create sand images -- particle by particle.

For more info, see victoriavesna.com/nano/mandala/