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The Universe in our Hands: How and Why to Offer the Mandala

February 28|7:00pm8:30pm MST

Wednesdays, Feb 14, 2024 – Feb 28, 2024

Within Tibetan Buddhist practice, the mandala offering stands as a profound and symbolic gesture of generosity and renunciation. This course is designed to introduce new students to the art of mandala offering, a practice that holds deep spiritual significance and serves as a powerful method for accumulating merit and wisdom.

Throughout this course, participants will:

Learn the historical and spiritual context of mandala offerings in Tibetan Buddhism, understanding their role in the broader scope of Buddhist practice.

Explore the symbolic meaning of the mandala and its components, which represent the universe and our offering of it to enlightened beings.

Receive step-by-step guidance on how to properly construct and offer a mandala, including traditional hand gestures (mudras) recitations, and visualizations.

In addition to the practical aspects of the mandala offering, the course will delve into:

The role of mandala offerings in cultivating a generous and expansive mindset, essential for spiritual growth and the development of Bodhicitta.

How regular practice of mandala offerings can transform our relationship with material possessions, attachment, and the ego.

The integration of mandala offerings into daily practice, enhancing meditation and deepening one’s spiritual journey.

This course will combine theoretical teachings with hands-on practice, making the profound tradition of mandala offerings accessible and meaningful to newcomers. Participants will leave with a clear understanding of how to perform mandala offerings and how this practice can enrich their spiritual lives.

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