Monks of Drepung Loseling

12/20/2015 11:15 AM

Monks of Drepung Loseling

Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery

Date: December 13-20, 2015
Times: see table below
Venue: Unity North Atlanta, 4255 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30066
Contact: (678) 819-9100, http://unitynorth.org

will be creating the sacred Avalokiteshvara – Buddha of compassion mandala sand painting, lecturing, and performing.  

Highlights of their week-long visit from December 13 though December 20 include opening and closing ceremoniescreation of the mandala, and a special talk.  Click here for a detailed schedule of activities.

About the Monks

The Avalokiteshvara 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, 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.

Monk Visit Schedule

DATE / TIME ACTIVITY LOCATION
Sunday, December 13
Second Service (11:15am)
Chanting Meditation Sanctuary
Sunday, December 13
2:00 pm
Opening Ceremony Sanctuary
Sunday, December 13 
2:00-5:00 pm
Mandala sand painting Sanctuary
Monday and Tuesday
December 14 and 15
Noon - 7:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 6:45 pm with chant and time for meditation Sanctuary
Wednesday, December 16
Noon - 6:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 5:45 pm with chant and time for meditation Sanctuary
Wednesday, December 16
7:30 pm
"Opening the Heart: Arousing the Mind of Universal Kindness" - The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will speak about Buddhist practices for strengthening love and the capacity of mankind to show kindness. Sanctuary
Thursday, December 17
Noon - 7:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 6:45 pm with chant and time for meditation Sanctuary
Friday, December 18
Noon to 7:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 6:45 pm with chant and time for meditation Sanctuary
Saturday, December 19
Noon - 6:00 pm
Mandala sand painting, complete by 4:45 pm - Close at 4:45 pm with chant and time for meditation Sanctuary
Saturday, December 19
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Completed mandala open for viewing Sanctuary
Sunday, December 20
Second service (11:15am)
Meditation
Sanctuary
Sunday, December 20
2:00 pm
Closing Ceremony

Dispersal
Sanctuary

Lake Cherful, Mountain Park, GA

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