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For Healing and Protection of the United States
This special event took place at the Sackler gallery January 11 through January 27, and is no longer on view.

Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery at work in the Sackler Gallery
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In response to the September 11 tragedies, twenty Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala (sacred painting) at the Sackler gallery. This seven-foot-square mandala, one of the largest ever created in the West, was offered for the healing and protection of America. In addition, the monks participated in chanting, meditation, and other traditional healing ceremonies.

On this site you will find information about mandalas and how they are created. You can learn about how mandalas heal and more about Tibetan Buddhism. Images of the mandala's construction can be found on the Mandala page. We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions that we hope you'll find helpful.

This project was made possible by generous grants from an anonymous donor, Jeffrey P. Cunard, and the R. Robert and Ada H. Linowes Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

We would also like to acknowledge our many collaborators, including Richard Gere Productions and the Drepung Loseling Monastery; The Mystical Arts of Tibet; The Conservancy for Tibetan Art & Culture; and The International Gallery, for the use of their wonderful space for this project.

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