The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery

Posted on Dec 01 , 2013 in Past Events and Classes

The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in India will be our guests again this year.  They will be creating the sacred Green Tara Buddha Mandala sand painting, lecturing, and performing.  

Highlights of their week-long visit from December 1 though December 8 include opening and closing ceremonies, creation of the mandala, a special talk, and a special event, A Night of Tibetan Culture.  Click here for a detailed schedule of activities.

Tibetan Monks Talk: “Beyond Ego:  The Great Void and the Gateway to Freedom”

Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 pm

The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in exile will speak on how they as Buddhists use meditation as one of the pathways to enlightenment.  In the Buddhist tradition, the true reality is emptiness.  Our conventional reality of illusory appearances is the dreamlike state in which we function on a daily basis.  Through meditation we are able to hold these two realities in balance on our path to enlightenment.  This method of balance is known as “the middle way.”

Special Event:  A Night of Tibetan Culture

Friday, December 6 at  7:30 pm 

The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in exile invite us to a greater understanding of their Tibetan culture.  They will speak of their Buddhist culture, the situation in their native country of Tibet, now a part of China, and demonstrate some of their traditional dances.  Come and learn more about the culture of “the roof of the world,” Tibet.

Tickets for A Night of Tibetan Culture are $15.00 and may be still be purchased at the door.

If you bought a ticket online, please print your e-mail receipt from PayPal and bring it to Will Call to be admitted.

Detailed Activity Schedule

Date / TimeActivityLocation
Sunday, December 1
both services
Chanting MeditationSanctuary
Sunday, December 1
2:00 pm
Opening CeremonySanctuary
Sunday, December 1
2:00-5:00 pm
Mandala sand paintingSanctuary
Monday and Tuesday
December 2 and 3
Noon - 7:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 6:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Wednesday, December 4
Noon - 6:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 5:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Wednesday, December 4
7:30 pm
Talk by Monks (Beyond Ego: The Great Void and the Gateway to Freedom) The Tibetan Monks will speak on how they as Buddhists use meditation as one of the pathways to enlightenmentSanctuary
Thursday, December 5
Noon - 7:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 6:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Friday, December 6
Noon to 5:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 4:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Friday, December 6
7:30 pm
"A Night of Tibetan Culture" - Traditional dances and lecture on Buddhist culture and the situation in Tibet. - Cost $15Sanctuary
Saturday, December 7
Noon - 5:00 pm
Mandala sand painting, complete by 4:45 pm - Close at 4:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Saturday, December 7
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Completed mandala open for viewingSanctuary
Sunday, December 8
Both services
Meditation
Sanctuary
Sunday, December 8
2:00 pm
Closing Ceremony

Dispersal
Sanctuary

Lake Cherful, Mountain Park, GA

About the Monks

The Green Tara Buddha mandala sand painting will be created by Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery in India during their visit to Unity North. The Monastery in southern India was founded to house Monks who had escaped from Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet, when Tibet was overrun by the Chinese during the 1950’s. The Monastery in Tibet, established in 1416 as an institute of higher learning for Buddhists, housed over 10,000 Monks, but only about 250 of them escaped into India. The others were imprisoned or killed. Over 1 million Tibetans, including Monks and Nuns, have been killed since the acquisition of Tibet by the Chinese. Tibet is now a region of China. Tibetans are forbidden to display their flag, sing their national anthem or display pictures of their spiritual leader, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama now lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. It is our vision that eventually there will be cultural autonomy and freedom for all Tibetans.

The Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in India have been touring North America for over 20 years to support their monastery and to preserve and demonstrate part of their beautiful Tibetan traditions. Their Monastery in India now houses around 3000 Monks, some as young as seven or eight, and two-thirds of whom are refugees from Tibet. It is a very long, difficult journey from Tibet to southern India over the Himalayas and through India. They often leave behind family, loved ones and their support community. There are opportunities for us to help these Monks by donation, monthly contribution, purchase of tickets to events such as Sacred Music Sacred Dance and by purchasing items from the Monks. One Monk, when asked what the tour meant to him, thought for a moment and said, “It means we aren’t hungry anymore.”  Please consider helping these Tibetan Buddhists with your purchases and Love Offerings.

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