Sand Mandala created by the Keydong Nuns at Wellesley College
Keydong Nuns creating the sand Mandala
Closeup of the sand Mandala

Previous events

  • Weekly Meditation Sessions
  • Introductory Classes
  • Field Trips for MIT, the Kurukalla Center, Shambala Center, and other college events
  • Celebrations
  • Off-campus Retreats
  • Circles of Healing, Circles of Peace: a sand particle mandala created by Tibetan nuns at the Davis Museum and Houghton Chapel
  • Open Heart, Open Mind. Tsoknyi Rinpoche
  • Making Change, A wisdom teaching Grandmothers Rita and Beatrice Long-Visitor Holy Dance, and Grandmother Mona
  • Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Orgyen Chowyang Rinpoche
  • Faculty Music Jam
  • Voices of our Ancestors: Lakota stories and song
  • The poet Mary Oliver
  • Writing and Tactics in Burma: A Conversation with Ma Thida
  • Vipassana in a Burmese Prison
  • Universal Sounds of Love: Nawang Khechong
  • Lama Tsultrim Allione, The Great Mother Prajna Paramita and Sky-like Mind: An Introduction to the Wisdom Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Brett Bevell, America Needs a Woman President and Ifeanyi Menkiti, Of Altair, the Bright Light
  • Dharma Talk/ booksigning with Lama John Makransky
  • Divine Feminine in HINDU and BUDDHIST tradition
  • Visit of Zen Master Soeng Hyang (Barbara Rhodes)
  • Visit of Geshe Tsulga, Guiding Teacher of the Kurukulla Center
  • Zen and Creativity Retreat Weekend at Temenos
  • Dr. Hyun- Kyung Chung, on Asian Feminist Theology
  • Awakening to Freedom: Linking Spirit Across Differences with Hilda Ryumon Gutierrez Baldoquin
  • Jess Row: Master Uisang's Poetry Mandala
  • Three Deep Breaths

Circles of Healing, Circles of Peace

A Tibetan Sand Mandala
With the nuns of Keydong Nunnery
October 22-28, 2012
9:30 am-5:30pm daily
Houghton Chapel


We are honored to announce this opportunity to share the cultural treasure of the Tibetan sand mandala with our greater community.  The Tibetan nuns of Keydong nunnery will visit Wellesley and create a sand mandala during their week here. These Tibetan nuns are among the first ever trained in the art of sand mandala and thankga painting.  The mandala is a visual metaphor for the path to enlightenment, which is both a microcosm and a macrocosm: it includes the individual and the universe in its transformative power. Upon completion of the intricate designs and complex iconography of the Mandala, it is dismantled and the sand is offered back to the earth as a powerful symbol of the transitory nature of life.  This event is free and open to the public.