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Mandalas of Bon tradition
27.05.09 - 03.07.09

The basis of the exposition is a collection of Mandas of pre-buddhist Tibetan tradition Bon. This collection is the result of several expeditions to Tibet, Bhutan and the Kingdom of Mustang. Bon Mandalas are significantly different from the Buddhist Mandas, although they are the distinctive origin for the latter. There are one hundred thirty-one artifacts of this kind in the world. About forty of them will be presented at the exhibition. Canonical images of pre-Buddhist Mandas made on silk for the first time are gathered in one space and shown to the audience. They will be located in the exhibition hall in accordance with the recommendations and with the direct participation of the Tibetan master-Lama. 

Symbol of complex geometric structure, mandala is interpreted as an energy portal, which is structuring the surrounding space in a special way. The theme of the Tibetan religious painting is in the field of interests of the gallery for a long time. Our audience had the opportunity to observe the creation of traditional Buddhist Mandas made of sand repeatedly. In several projects of contemporary artists these symbols were portrayed in the Thankas or used in the projections of light on different surfaces.  Mandala can be considered both as an art and as a symbol with sacred and esoteric properties. In the East, it is a sacred object of worship, in the process of its building rituals and ceremonies are consistently held. In psychotherapy mandalas are used as means to achieve complete understanding of self. 

Bon is the oldest of known religions. It appeared about four thousand years ago in a province of the ancient Shang-Zhung State. Province was bearing the name Olmo Lungdring and located in the area of Mount Kailas (Tisza) and lake Manosaravar - the source of four great rivers. According to ancient Bonpo texts, it is here that the first people on earth appeared. Bon means "saying mantras” in Tibetan. Meanwhile, the original name for Tibet was translated as a "Country of Bon", and the emergence of the state Tibet is closely linked with the tradition of Bon. Also the growing interest in Bon by academics, aesthetes and mystics is noted.


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Event – 26.05.2009