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Masked Dance Performance – 2013

‘The Power of Compassion’  

Masked Dance Performance by Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery

Drill Hall Gallery and Community Stone Workspace

Monday 16th September – Saturday 21st September 2013 – Making Sand Mandala – viewings  daily in afternoon, also with Tibetan hand crafted items for sale.

Saturday 21st September 2013 – 11.00am to 5.00pm – Tibetan Art Workshop lead by the monks

Saturday 21st September – 7.30pm to 9.30pm – Masked Dance Performance with traditional Tibetan instruments – ‘The Power of Compassion’

Sunday 22nd September 10.00am to 11.30 noon – Destruction Ceremony and procession to sea

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Masked Dance Performance 2012 at the Drill Hall Gallery


 Masked Dances and Music from a Tibetan Monastery 
“…. A psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals and processions…..”  The Times  “….a window of time onto a magical universe of reincarnation and release…”  The Independent 

Tibet – a sacred world filled with the chanting of Buddhist texts, recitation of mantras, ringing of bells, blowing of trumpets and beating of drums.   Recreating the mysteries of the Buddhist Monastery as a transforming experience for the audience – eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo offer a dramatic presentation of sacred dance, music and chanted prayer with traditional costumes and ceremonial masks. The performance offers a rare opportunity to take part in a transforming experience lasting for 90 minutes, the performance has a spoken commentary between each item.


Start of the Peace Sand Mandala at the Drill Hall Gallery in 2012


Completed Peace Mandala at the PSQT Drill Hall Gallery and Community Stoneworkspace 2012


Destruction Ceremony of the Peace Mandala 2012


Tashi Lhunpo monks with Tibetan long horns at Portland Bill – where the sand mandala grains are returned to the sea 2012


Tibetan Art Workshop 2012 for children and adults (image – weaving patterns in silk thread workshop)

Sand Mandala Exhibition – Monday 16th – Saturday 21st September 2013. See the monks creating a Peace Mandala out of millions of grains of coloured sand.  Once the mandala is completed there is a blessing and it is then destroyed, representing the impermanence of all things. The Mandala will stay in the Drill Hall during the masked dance on Saturday 21st September.



On Sunday 22nd September there will be the Destruction Ceremony and procession to the se, with the monks accompanied by the audience, where the sand will be returned to the sea to carry prayers across the world.We hope that many Portland people will join the procession from the Drill Hall to the sea.  When this event took place in London over 10,000 people joined the procession to return the grains of coloured sand  to the river Thames.Workshop  for children and adults.











Saturday 21st September 11.00am – 5.00pm.  Introducing the art of Sand Mandala making, woven silks, butter sculpture and prayer flag making.


Admission for Performance:£10 on door or book in advance (seated).£5 (bring own cushion)

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