Tashi Lhunpo Monks to visit in October 2013
Posted on 6 Jul 2013
The Power of Compassion - Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery 25th - 30th Oct
Kagyu Samye Dzong London is delighted to welcome the monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery for a number of events during October 2013 which will be a wonderful blessing for our shrine rooms and our future practice. Their visit will include the creation of a Sand Mandala, a dance performance, as well as interactive workshops open to all.
Sand Mandala: 25th Oct - 30th Oct
Of all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with coloured sand is one of the most exquisite. The mandala essentially is a representation of the celestial mansion or abode of a principal deity or deities, surrounded by their retinues, and representing the path and fruition of the particular cycle of practices. To make a sand mandala, millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place in an intricate design over a period of several days using hollow tubes called chagpurs. The material used is ground marble dust – but in ancient times powdered precious and semi-precious stones were also used. The monks will be creating a Guru Rinpoche (Konchok Chidu) mandala. The mandala will be 'fixed' and kept for future Guru Rinpoche Drubcho's in Samye Dzong London, starting with the one taking place in November this year.
A total of eight monks will be making the mandala over a period of five days. It begins with dedication prayers, and on completion a moving blessing ceremony is conducted with the closing prayers.
Closing Prayers - Wed 30th Oct at 7pm
During the construction of the sand mandala, the monks will offer workshops which can be attended on a drop-in basis, but for any questions regarding specific times of the events please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org closer to the time.
Various workshops will introduce the Tibetan arts of sand mandala making, where people will be able to try a 'hands on' sand mandala as well as a butter sculpture, printing of prayer flags and writing beautiful Tibetan calligraphy. People taking part can carry away with them a prayer flag printed from a traditional wood block. Families and children are welcome to participate in these.
Performance - Sunday 27th Oct 7pm - 9pm - £10
The Power of Compassion - is a dramatic, entertaining and informative ninety-minute performance of the majestic masked dances and the sacred chant from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery - one of the most important of Tibet's teaching monasteries. The monks, from their re-established monastery in exile in South India, present a taste of the culture of Tibet, and of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in particular.
The sacred world of Tibet is filled with the chanting of Buddhist texts, the recitation of mantras, the ringing of bells, the clash of cymbals, the booming of the great long horns and the beating of drums. Eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in India, offer a dramatic presentation of their unique sacred dances, music and prayers, with colourful traditional costumes and ceremonial masks.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, founded by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th Century and the seat of the Panchen Lama, is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Now re-established in exile in South India, the monastery is once again becoming one of the major centres of learning, best known for its artistic tradition of masked dances and sacred music. This performance offers a rare opportunity to witness a unique and en-riching culture.