Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery Tour
PLACER COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sierra Friends of Tibet Auburn is pleased to announce the return of the Tibetan Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery's Sacred Earth and Healing Arts Tour February 1 - 11 2018 presented at the General Gomez Arts and Event Center.
This much anticipated event will provide a full schedule of Tibetan cultural presentations for 10 days giving area residents and visitors a chance to experience firsthand the unique culture of the Tibetan people and the rich traditions of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism.
The events will include the creation of a beautiful sand mandala, carefully constructed over the course of their 10 day visit following ancient Buddhist symbolic designs. Each grain of sand will be carefully laid down by hand using techniques unchanged for millennia. The public will be able to observe and enjoy this moving and meditative process as the monks work .The Gomez center will be open daily for viewing from 10:00 am until 6:00 or 7:00 PM during the course of the monks' visit and dependent on their schedule.
When the mandala is finished, there will be a special ritual to bless the mandala and mark its completion. Following the blessing the mandala will be ritually dissolved (always a "standing room only" event), highlighting by example the Buddhist view of impermanence.
The sand is then swept up into a pile and small portions of the sand are offered as gifts to members of the audience. The rest of the sand is taken to a body of water where after a short ceremony it will be poured into the water as a blessing to purify the environment and all the beings that inhabit it.
Other events will include:
Group and Individual Healings
Workshops and Family Events
Home, Land and Business Blessings
Please be sure to check the schedule online at www.sierrafriendsoftibet.org
and on the Sierra Friends of Tibet Auburn Facebook page.