February 22, 2015 at 3pm
Ms. Meg Ventrudo
Tibetan Achitecture, Stupas and Mandalas
Meg Ventrudo, Executive Director of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, will present a talk on Tibetan Architecture, Stupas and Mandalas. The presentation will include images from her 2013 trip to Tibet and images of stupas and mandalas in the Museum’s collection. Tibetan Architecture is noted for its flat roofs, trapezoid shape windows and other distinct features. Stupas are free-standing architectural mounds that usually contain sacred relics associated with the Buddha. Tibetan pilgrims walk around stupas in clockwise fashion as an act of pilgrimage. Mandalas are three dimensional cosmic diagrams and constructing mandalas are an act of meditation by the monks. Stupas and Mandalas share common characteristics and these themes will be explored in this talk.