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Tibetan monk creates sand mandala

The Venerable Ngawang Chojor works on a sand mandala. The Tibetan monk will be part of a weeklong program in downtown Billings exploring Tibet and its culture.

Barjon’s Books, the Limber Tree Yoga Studio, Good Earth Market and Montana State University Billings are hosting a weeklong program presented Sept. 24-27 by the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation.

The program covers philosophy, history and art in the preservation of culture and features a sand mandala created by the Venerable Ngawang Chojor. Its purpose is to raise awareness of Tibet and Tibetan culture.

Sand mandala construction takes place Sept. 24-27, with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday and deconstruction ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. It will be constructed at 219 N. 29th St., which is two doors south of Barjon’s Books.

Throughout the week, the MSU Billings library and Barjon’s Books will display Thangka paintings and embroideries. All events, except for the two fundraising dinners Wednesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. at Good Earth Market, are free. All events are open to the public.

Several programs will be held in the new Limber Tree Yoga Studio, 212 N. 29th St., which is across the street from Barjon’s.

The studio will host a 6 p.m. lecture Monday presented by Karma Tensum and at 7 p.m. showing of the film “A Song for Tibet.”

On Tuesday, Limber Tree Yoga will host a noon lecture on colonial policies in China and Tibet given by C. Adrian Heidenreich, a 6 p.m. showing of the film “Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy,” and a panel discussion at 7 p.m.

On Wednesday, there will be a noon lecture given by Venerable Chojor at 219 N. 29th St.

On Thursday, another noon lecture will be presented at Barjon’s Books featuring Karma Tensum and Valerie Hellermann.

Tickets to the fundraising dinners are $25 each. They are available at Good Earth Market or Barjon’s Books.

For more information, go to barjonsbooks.com or call 406-252-4398.

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Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.