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  • Tibetan monks to visit Mount Shasta

  • The Tibetan monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery of southern India are returning to Mount Shasta from Feb. 27 through March 8.
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  • The Tibetan monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery of southern India are returning to Mount Shasta from Feb. 27 through March 8. While they are here, the group of six Tibetan monks and their American tour coordinator will offer a variety of programs, sharing their Tibetan cultural and spiritual heritage with the community. One of the highlights of their visit will be the creation of a sand mandala, an ancient and sacred art form unique to Tibet. The mandala will be created over a period of eight days. The public is invited to come meet the monks and watch the mandala as it grows day by day. Each grain of sand is individually placed to create symbolic patterns forming a stunning and intricate mandala. Culminating the eight day process, there will be a Manjushri empowerment on Friday, March 7, followed on Saturday by the dramatic and moving dissolution of the mandala.
    The six monks will also present Journey to the Roof of The World on Saturday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sisson gym. This family-friendly cultural performance will include Tibetan chanting and horns, traditional deer and yak dances, and an animated demonstration of monastic debate. Losar, Tibetan New Year, happens to fall during the monks’ visit, Sunday, March 2, and will be celebrated by a chanting puja, or prayer ceremony, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend.
    There will also be talks and classes on karma, the Heart Sutra, and death and rebirth, cultivating patience, and wisdom from the Tibetan perspective, as well as a Chay Drol Healing ceremony. Additionally, the monks will be available to individuals for private healing sessions, astrology readings, and house and business blessings, by appointment. Contact Robin at (530) 859-2469 for information and an appointment.
    The sand mandala and most events will be held at 1520 Shasta Acres Road in Mount Shasta. Open viewing of the sand mandala is Friday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (except Sunday March 2). For the full schedule of events, visit www.siskiyoudaily.com.
    The Gaden Shartse monks’ visit is being hosted by Mount Shasta Friends of Tibetan Culture and is sponsored in part by a grant from the Josephine Taylor Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation.
    For further information, contact Kate at (530) 262-8512.
    Schedule of events
    • Thursday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m.: welcome potluck for the Gaden Shartse monks with a tea ceremony. Hosted by Mount Shasta Friends of Tibetan Culture, 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Friday, Feb. 28 from 9-9:30 a.m.: sand mandala opening ceremony performed by the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation monks. Mandala means literally “that which extracts the essence.” The monks will be creating the sand mandala over a period of eight days at 1520 Shasta Acres Road in Mount Shasta.
    Page 2 of 3 - • Friday, Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-noon: Dharma Talk – “Karma” (Part 1) and from 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Dharma Talk – “Karma” (Part 2). Given by Geshe Jampa Phelgya, a monk from Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation, at 804 Pine Ridge Ave., Mount Shasta.
    • Friday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m.: Chay Drol Tibetan Buddhist healing, performed by Geshe Jampa Phelgya and the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation, 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.) A $10-$15 suggested donation will be appreciated.
    • Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m.-noon: Dharma talk – “How Does a Buddhist Prepare for Death?” (Part 1). From 1:30-3:30 p.m.: “Death, Bardo and Rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism” (Part 2) given by Geshe Jampa Phelgya of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation, 804 Pine Ridge Ave., Mount Shasta.
    • Saturday, March 1 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: open viewing time for the sand mandala being created by the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation, 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Saturday, March 1 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: ‘Journey to the Roof of the World’ A cultural performance by the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation which will include Tibetan chanting and horns, yak and deer dance, debate demonstration and other aspects of Tibetan culture. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for youth 12-18, children under 12 are free at Sisson School gym, 601 E. Alma, Mount Shasta. Hosted by Mount Shasta Friends of Tibetan Culture.
    • Sunday, March 2: Celebrating Losar (Tibetan New Year) from 10 a.m.-noon – Lama Chopa puja (ceremony), chanted by the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation monks at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Monday, March 3 from 9:30-5 p.m.: Open viewing time for the sand mandala being created by the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Monday, March 3 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Chanting of the Heart Sutra followed by an explanation of the meaning of the Heart Sutra, by Geshe Jampa Phelgya and the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Tuesday, March 4 from 9:30-4:30 p.m.: Open viewing time for the sand mandala being created by the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Tuesday, March 4 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.: Blessing of Sacred Objects Ceremony performed by monks of the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation. Buddha statues and sacred objects can be brought to the ceremony to be blessed at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    Page 3 of 3 - • Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Dharma talk – “Cultivating Patience” given by Geshe Jampa Phelgya of the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Wednesday, March 5 from 9:30-5 p.m.: Open viewing of sand mandala being created by monks of the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Wednesday, March 5 from 6:30-9 p.m.: Vajravidarin Tibetan Buddhist Healing Ceremony performed by Geshe Jampa Phelgya and monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.) For this event, there is a $10-$15 suggested donation.
    • Thursday, March 6 from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.: Open viewing of the sand mandala being created by monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Thursday, March 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Dharma Talk – “Wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism” (A discussion of the selflessness of person and selflessness of phenomena in Buddhism) given by Geshe Jampa Phelgya of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Friday, March 7 from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Open viewing time for sand mandala being created by monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Friday, March 7 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Manjushri Empowerment – The purpose of the ceremony is to establish a close relationship with Manjushri, the aspect of wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism.  The ceremony will be performed by Geshe Jampa Phelgya of the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Saturday, March 8 from 9:30-11:30: Dharma talk-Commentary on Manjushri, the aspect of wisdom, and explanation of the mandala and its symbolism given by Geshe Jampa Phelgya of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    • Saturday, March 8 at 1 p.m.: Sand Mandala Dissolution Ceremony performed by the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation at 1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.) Hosted by www.MountShastaFriendsofTibetanCulture.org.
    • Saturday, March 8 at 5 p.m.: A farewell potluck for the monks of Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation. There will be time to ask any final questions about karma, death, bardo and rebirth, and wisdom in Tibetan Buddhism as discussed by Geshe Jampa Phelgya over the past week at  1520 Shasta Acres Road, Mount Shasta. (Park on east side of road.)
    Hosted by www.MountShastaFriendsofTibetanCulture.org.
    For information, call Kate at (530) 262-8512.

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