religious studies

Randolph professor honored with VFIC’s H. Hiter Harris, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Gordon Steffey

The Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) has bestowed its prestigious H. Hiter Harris, Jr. Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching to Gordon Blaine Steffey, Randolph’s newly named Barbara Boyle Lemon ’57 & William J. Lemon Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Given to Steffey during a special ceremony today, the award honors a faculty... READ MORE >>

Buddhist monks teach students about culture, patience, and sacred art

Buddhist monks build a sand mandala in the Houston Chapel at Randolph College.

Will Andress ’17 spent a lot of time in his second week of college talking with Tibetan monks and watching them work on art that is sacred to them. A group of Buddhist monks from Tashi Kyil Monastery spent the past five days at Randolph building a sand mandala—a colorful work of art made by... READ MORE >>

Buddhist monks finish mandala and hold closing ceremony at Randolph College

Sand mandala created at Randolph College by the Tashi Kyil monks.

It took more than 30 hours of painstaking, back-breaking labor to create the beautiful sand mandala in the Randolph College chapel, and only a few minutes to destroy it. Friday afternoon, the monks of Tashi Kyil monastery, in Dehra, Dun, India, conducted a closing ceremony with more than 150 people present. In chanting and music... READ MORE >>

Tibetan Monks close week at Randolph with special ceremony

Mandala opening ceremony

The Buddhist monks visiting Randolph’s campus this week will finish their sand medicine mandala today. The closing ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. in Houston Memorial Chapel. The monks, who are from a monastery in Dehra, Dun, India, are on the last leg of a U.S. tour designed to share the Tibetan culture,... READ MORE >>

Monks make time for Randolph preschoolers

Randolph College Nursery School students meet the Buddhist monks.

Several of the Tibetan monks visiting Randolph’s campus this week took time out to meet preschoolers from the College’s Nursery School. The monks were putting the final touches on a Medicine Buddha mandala when the preschoolers arrived for a short visit. After watching the monks, the children entertained the visitors with a rehearsal for their... READ MORE >>