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The Power of Compassion - Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery 25th - 30th Oct


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The Power of Compassion - Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery 25th - 30th Oct

The Power Of Compassion Dance Performance has now been CANCELLED in response to the recent tragic death of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche in Chengdu on October 8. All the other activities will take place as usual. To replace the performance there will be prayers between 2pm - 5pm as well as prayers at 7pm for Choje Akong Rinpoche. See schedule below for more details.

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, as well as interactive workshops open to all.

Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala: 25th Oct - 30th Octtashi lhunpo sand mandala

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 Medicine Buddha Mandala.

A total of eight monks will be making the mandala over a period of five days. The exhibition begins with a short dedication prayer, and on completion, the mandala is dismantled in a moving ceremony during which the sand is swept into the centre of the table, symbolizing the impermanence of all things.  A small amount of sand will be poured into the Thames after a small procession from the centre to Tower Bridge, and people attending the ceremony can take away with them small bags of sand as a memory of the event.

  • Wed 30th Oct: 10am - 12pm - Completion and Closing Prayers at 10am and the Pouring Ceremony at Tower Bridge at 12 noon

Special Prayer Ceremony for Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche

The original programme for the visit of the Tashi Lhunpo monks has been changed, and the Dance performance has been CANCELLED, in response to the recent tragic death of Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche in Chengdu on October 8. On the Sunday afternoon and evening of their visit the monks will now be leading a devotional prayer ceremony in memory of the co-founder of Samye Ling Monastery and respected master of Tibetan Buddhism. In accordance with tradition, Buddhist Centres of the Kagyu Tradition all around the world are holding special prayers dedicated to Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche every night for 49 days following his death. Everyone is welcome to attend. Offerings of flowers etc for the shrine will be most welcome.


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 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.



Open for visitors

Friday (Oct 25): 2pm – 9pm 

Saturday 26 Oct: 9am - 9pm

       Workshops: 10am - 11.30am & 2pm - 3.30pm

Sunday (Oct 26 - Oct 27): 9am – 9pm

       Prayers for Akong Tulku Rinpoche: 2pm - 5pm & 7pm

Monday & Tuesday (Oct 28 - Oct 29): 2pm – 5pm


Completion of Sand Mandala and Closing Ceremony

Wednesday (Oct 30):  10am - 12pm  (Pouring Ceremony at Tower Bridge at 12 noon)



The Power of Compassion is a dramatic, entertaining and informative ninety-minute performance of the majestic masked dances and the sacred chant fro