Nothing lasts forever - not even at Moesgaard

Lamas revisit Moesgaard to perform final ritual with sandmandala

Moesgaard will again be visited by Buddhist lamas, who in February created a sand mandala in the museum. Sunday May 19, the lamas dismantle the sandmandala again and perform a Buddhist ritual.

The ritual starts at 11 AM, where the lamas begin a prayer by the mandala. After an hour around noon, the lamas sweep sand from the mandala and go out on the roof of the museum, where they will throw some of the sand out. Subsequently, the lamas go in the procession to Moesgård Beach -a form of walking meditation - and visitors are welcome to join. At the beach, a small, symbolic amount of sand from the mandala will be deposited into the sea. The procession is expected to be back at the museum around 2-2.30 PM.

In the ritual, three Buddhist lamas from the Nepalese monastery, Pema Ts'al Monastic Institute, participate: lama Khenpo Pema Wangdak, abbot Khenpo Jampa Dhakpa Gurung and lama Tashi Wangyal Bista.

The Buddhist ritual and the dismantling of the sandmandala take place in connection with the exhibition Museum of Impermanence, which has final opening day on Sunday 19 May.

The event is free, but it requires entrance ticket to see the exhibition and the mandala.

Lecture with Buddhist lama
Saturday, May 18 at 11.00-12.00 AM, there will be a lecture in the museum auditorium with lama Khenpo Pema Wangdak. He is a well-known Tibetan lama, who has founded the Pema Ts'al Monastic Institute in Nepal. He now resides in New York and has held several talks for the UN.

Khenpo Pema Wangdak will talk about the Buddhist's relationship to impermanence, and why it can be a valuable concept for everyone regardless of religion. Guest may ask questions after the lecture.

Cameron David Warner, associate professor and research programme leader for anthropology at Aarhus University, will moderate the event, which is in English.

It costs DKK 50 to participate in the lecture. Buy your ticket here