May 7, 2017 – 4:30 pm

Sand Mandala Painting Closing Ceremony

Featuring the Mystical Arts of Tibet

  • Tibetan monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala with colored sand over the course of five days (February 10–14, 2017). It remained in place until May 7, 2017, when the monks returned to ritually destroy it.

The Frist Center is thrilled to welcome back the Mystical Arts of Tibet, a touring company of monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery (exiled from Tibet and currently based in South India). Their sand mandala ritual will conclude our Free Family Festival Day.


Closing Ceremony Part I: Ritual Destruction of the Mandala
Location: Frist Center Ingram Gallery| Video feed in the auditorium
Time: 4:30 p.m.

The first part of the closing ceremony will take place in the Frist Center’s Ingram Gallery. The monks will dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sand to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. The rite will be accompanied by multiphonic chant and music. It will last approximately 30 minutes.

**Closing Ceremony Part II: Procession to the Cumberland River and Dispersal of the Sand
Location: Procession down Broadway to the Riverfront Terraced Lawn Amphitheater (see map), at 170 1st Avenue North
Time: Approximately 5:15 p.m.

Join the monks as they walk from the Frist Center to the Cumberland River via Broadway. At the water’s edge, the monks will chant and then pour half of the sand into the water, dispersing the healing energies of the mandala throughout the world. The remaining sand from the mandala will be presented to the Frist Center’s Community Partners. The ceremony at the river will last approximately 15 minutes.

**In the event of rain, or other extenuating circumstances, the procession to the Cumberland River will be cancelled. Please check this website for the status of this event.

Family Day Parade Directions and FAQ
Exit through any of the Frist Center doors leading to Broadway. Once the monks are in place, they will lead the parade toward the Cumberland River. We will stay in the eastbound (right-hand) lanes. The end of the ceremony will occur at the edge of the Cumberland River in Riverfront Park’s Terraced Lawn Amphitheater. After the ceremony, please use the sidewalks as you leave.

Q. What will happen during the closing ceremony?
A. The monks will ritually destroy the mandala in the Frist Center galleries, and then carry the sand down to the Cumberland River. The sand will be scattered in the water so that the blessings of the mandala will be carried throughout our community.

Q. Where can I watch the first part of the closing ceremony at the Frist Center?
A. Ingram Gallery will be open to the public, but space is limited. The ceremony will also be broadcast live in the auditorium to accommodate more people. Groups with strollers are asked to watch the ceremony from the auditorium.

Q. Can I come back to the Frist Center after the riverfront ceremony is done?
A. No. The Frist Center will close at 5:30, so please take your belongings and artworks with you when you join the parade. We hope to see you again at our next Family Festival Day, on November 12!

Q. May I take pictures?
A. Yes. Take as many pictures as you want, but please turn off your flash.

Q. May I take some of the sand home?
A. No. The sand will be distributed to Frist Center Sustaining Community Partners to spread the blessings of the mandala across Nashville. These partners include:

Centennial Art Center
Conexión Américas
Edmondson Pike Branch Library
Oasis Center
Old Hickory Community Center
Safe Haven Family Shelter
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center
YMCA Latino Achievers

Q. Will traffic be shut down on Broadway during the parade?
A. The eastbound lanes of traffic will be closed, but the westbound lanes will still be open. Please stay behind the barricades and follow the police officers’ instructions when you


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