The Multiphonic Singers of Drepung Loseling Monastery in Georgia will bring Tibetan culture to Missouri University of Science and Technology as a Leach Theatre Special Event, the Mystical Arts of Tibet, this August.
The Buddhist monks will present “Sacred Music, Sacred Chants for Peace and Healing” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 25, in Leach Theatre of Castleman Hall, located at the corner of 10th and State streets on the Missouri S&T campus.
Tickets are $30 for adults, $25 for youth (under age 18) and $10 for Missouri S&T students. Tickets can be purchased online at leachtheatre.mst.edu or by phone at 573-341-4219. Tickets can also be purchased at the Leach Theatre Box Office, located inside the main entrance of Castleman Hall, facing 10th Street. The box office will be open for summer business hours (10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday) until regular business hours resume on Monday, Aug. 14, (Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.).
During the performance, the monks use sacred chants to create a peaceful atmosphere and lead the audience in guided meditation to introduce some of the timeless skills and insights they use to promote resilience and well-being. The monks then present a selection of sacred music and chants.
Ancient societies throughout the world believed that ritual performance of sacred music and chants would open communication with higher powers of good and lead to environmental, social and personal healing. In Tibet, when a monastery celebrated a spiritual festival, people from surrounding villages and nomadic tribes would assemble in the monastery’s courtyard for three or four days or sacred music, chants and rituals. The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour is designed to continue this tradition with a more streamlined presentation.
The event is sponsored by Leach Theatre, Strategic Diversity Initiatives (SDI) and the Student Union Board (SUB).
The monks will also create a mandala sand painting in the Havener Center Atrium on the Missouri S&T campus. An opening ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22. The public can view the monks’ work on the mandala between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, and Thursday, Aug. 24. A closing ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, during which the mandala will be swept up. The Havener Center mandala sand painting is free and open to the public.
For more information or to purchase tickets to the Aug. 25 Sacred Music, Sacred Chants for Peace and Healing performance, visit leachtheatre.mst.edu.
About Missouri University of Science and Technology
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit www.mst.edu.