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Asian Pacific Islander Celebration

The Asian Pacific Islander Celebration (API Celebration) is an organization of resourceful advocacy, earnestly intent on challenging the social restraints and stereotypes to which Asians and Pacific Islanders have been subject during their integration into America and the Western world. Our program produces festive activities and exalts academic discourse, in hopes that the cultural interweaving may sow consideration, support, and an enduring sense of communio for our diverse campus community.

The API Celebration Week
This year marks St. Norbert College’s eighth week-long initiative to widen the campus’ appreciation of Asian/Pacific Islander culture and heritage. This year’s Celebration Week will feature a week long residency of the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery. It will be an exceptional week featuring a sacred music and dance performance, the creation of and lecture on the symbolism of the sand mandala. 

If you would like more information about the API Celebration please contact Bridgit Martin, Director of Multicultural Student Services.

 

The Mystical Arts of Tibet-Mandala Sand Painting

Norman Miller Center for Peace, Justice and Public Understanding
Opening Ceremony - Monday, April 9th 12 p.m.
Closing Ceremony - Friday, April 13th  12 p.m.

Featuring the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery
The Mandala is a sacred cosmogram used as an object of contemplation.  It depicts the pure nature of the world in which we live as well as how we can live most effectively.  By creating a sand Mandala we bring the creative energy of that sacred dimension into our lives and attune ourselves to this natural perfection.


The Symbolism of the Sand Mandala

Tuesday, April 10th, 6 p.m. 
Ft Howard Theater
This lecture explores the Mandala as a sacred cosmogram used as an object of contemplation.  It depicts the pure nature of the world in which we live as well as how we can live most effectively.  By creating a sand Mandala we bring the creative energy of that sacred dimension into our lives and attune ourselves to this natural perfection.


The Mystical Arts of Tibet: Sacred Music and Dance Performance

Thursday, April 12, 6 p.m.
Dudley Birder Hall
This Sacred Music and Dance performance comprises selections believed to generate energies conducive to world healing. Robed in magnificent costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments, the Loseling monks perform ancient temple music and dance for world healing. In Tibet, whenever a monastery celebrated a spiritual festival, people from the surrounding villages and nomadic tribes would assemble in the monastery’s courtyard for the three or four days of sacred music and dance. The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour is designed as a development of this tradition.


 


 

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