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Sand Mandala Tour & Talk - Monks From Tashi Kyil Monatery

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Who
Tashi Kyil Monastery 
What
Construction of Mandala 
Where
Tibet House US gallery, NYC 
When
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 At 06:00 PM  
How
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Details
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About the Event

OPENING: Tuesday, August 6 at 6PM


mandala


Seven monks from Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India are touring the United States to teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet, and raise much needed funds for their monastery.

Following the destruction of the original Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Amdo, Tibet, Venerable Gunthang Tsultrim and other exiled monks rebuilt their monastery in Dehra Dun, India in1967.  To the present day, the chanting styles, rituals, practices, and self initiations are preserved just as they were in Mejung Thosamling College in Labrang Tashi Kyil in Amdo.  In addition to Dharma studies, the monastery offers classes in Tibetan grammar and English.

Monks will create Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) Mandala. Chenrezig is the Bodhisattva of Compassion. Chenrezig, according to Tibetan legends, has appeared in numerous forms to defend Buddhist teachings. He has been identified with the Tibetan emperor Songtsen Gampo (617-698 C.E.) and the successive lineage of Dalai Lamas. The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the current incarnation of Chenrezig.


Beginning Wednesday, August 7observers are welcome to witness the mandala making on weekdays from 10AM to 5PM and on weekend from 10AM-5PM through Sunday, August 11.

 

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6

6PM - OPENING:
The monks begin by consecrating the site of the mandala sand painting with approximately 30 minutes of chants, music, and mantra recitation.


6:30-9PM
- After the opening ceremony the monks will start drawing the line design for the mandala.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7


10AM-6PM:
Mandala Construction  - Monks will continue to create sand mandala.  The monks pour millions of grains of sand from traditional metal funnels called chakpur. The finished mandala is approximately five feet by five feet in size, and will take five days.

7-9PM - Talk - Introduction to Mandala by Geshe Palden. (Group of monk will perform Buddhist chant before the talk)


Geshe la will give talk on the Mandala and particularly ogeshe paldenn the Chenrezig Mandala that the monks will be creating and will be available for public viewing.  His Holiness the Dalai Lama (The Kalachakra tantra, rite of initiation) said, "Because the severe misunderstandings that can arise are more harmful than a partial lifting of secrecy, I have encouraged a greater openness in the display and accurate description of mandalas.” The Mandala is a sacred map of the universe. Its image explores the interrelationship of the heavenly bodies, the human body, and the working of the mind. It also describes the meditative stages an individual or a community follows while on the path to inner peace and/or world peace. 


Admission: General:$25/Member: $22.50      click here for more information


Geshe Palden
has studied the five major subjects of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy for fifteen years. He completed his studies and in 2006 graduated as first Master of Prajanaparamita with the Geshe Degree-the tenth stage of the Master of Buddhist Texts. 


THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

10AM-6PM: Mandala Construction  (public viewing of the mandala making)
Free admission

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9

10AM-6PM: Mandala Construction  (public viewing of the mandala making)
Free admission


7-9PM - Talk - Introduction and Significance of Chod practice by Geshe Palden. (Group of monks will perform short Chod ritual before the talk)

Chöd is a spiritual practice found primarily in Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as "Cutting Through the Ego," the practice is based on the Prajñaparamita sutra. It combines prajñaparamita philosophy with specific meditation methods and a tantric ritual.


General:$25/Member: $22.50
click here for more information


Geshe Palden
has studied the five major subjects of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy for fifteen years. He completed his studies and in 2006 graduated as first Master of Prajanaparamita with the Geshe Degree-the tenth stage of the Master of Buddhist Texts.  

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10

10AM-5PM: Mandala Construction (public viewing of the mandala making)
Free admission



SUNDAY, AUGUST 11; 10AM-5PM

11AM - 3PM - Art Workshop for Children
Butter sculpture, sand painting, prayer flags, coloring books, word puzzle – ages 3 to 12 (adults also welcomed)
Suggested donation: $10


4-5PM - CLOSING - Dismantling of Mandala and Dispersal of Sand
The monks conclude their creation of the mandala with a consecration ceremony. During the closing ceremony, the monks dismantle the mandala, sweeping up the colored sands to symbolize the impermanence of all that exists. When requested, half of the sand is distributed to the audience as blessings for personal health and healing.


100% of ALL proceeds go directly to support, educate, house, feed and clothe over 120 refugee monks at Tashi Kyil Monastery in Northern India.
  



[VIDEO]
TASHI KYIL MONASTERY MONKS CONSTRUCTING MANDALA AT THE ALLEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY


TASHI KYIL MONASTERY

tashi kyilThe great monastic center of the glorious Tashikyil, a wellspring of the Buddha’s teachings in Amdo in eastern Tibet, was utterly annihilated in 1958, when the savage army of the Communist Chinese invaded and unlawfully occupied the land of Tibet. Yet it is the great fortune of the Tibetan people to be led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is the noble being Chenrezig. Through the force of the prayers and the blessings of his great compassion, the teachings of the Buddha were rekindled from their ashes in the holy land of India. The sangha, temples, and Dharma education programs were re-established, and there arose a new era of upholding, protecting and spreading the Buddhist teachings. This all came about solely through His Holiness’ kindness.

In Dehradun, in India, in particular, with the Venerable Gungthang Tsultrim taking the lead, Alag Changdzö Khenpo, the master of Kalachakra astrology Akhu Lodrö, Södrag Jigme and Gengya Lobsang agreed to share the main responsibility for the rebuilding efforts. As a replacement for the glorious Labrang Tashikyil monastery, Tashikyil Monastery itself was newly built in Clement Town, in Dehradun, India, in 1967. From then on until today, its chanting styles, rituals and practices, order of the self-initiation and sadhanas and so on are all conducted just as they had been in Mejung Thosamling college in Labrang Tashikyil in Amdo. More specifically, teachers were invited from Drepung Gomang in 1995, and now the study of the major philosophical treatises, up to Madhyamaka and the Paramitas, is undertaken with great efforts and unwavering attention. Along with the study of Dharma as the primary focus, education is additionally provided in Tibetan grammar, as are eight classes a day in the English language. Apart from that, on account of the monastics’ observance of the rules and their conduct, the people of the area offer their delight, faith and respect in abundance, like flowers.

Over 120 monks live here, continuing their studies, harmonious in spirit and pure in ethics.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT TASHI KYIL MONASTERY - USA TOUR PAGE

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