Tibetan Monks to speak

Tibetan Monks to speak

Event Type

Faculty

Location

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1875 S. Fruitridge Ave.

Date

Time

Phone

(812) 237-3467

Description

The Center for Global Engagement will co-sponsor the presentation by seven Tibetan monks from Tashi Kyil, a refugee monastery in Dehra Dun, India. The monks are on a six-month stay in the U.S., where they are spreading a message of wisdom and compassion and raising donations to support their monastery.

They are based at the Tibetan-Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington while in the U.S. Further background about the monks can be found at www.TashiKyiltour.org. This will be an authentic experience featuring different aspects of the Tibetan culture and Buddhism. The tour is important for Americans as the monks present a message of wisdom and compassion and also inform the public about the culture of Tibet, a country currently occupied by the Chinese Communists, said Mary Pattison, a board member for the Kumbum Chatse Ling Monastery, which is housed on the cultural centers grounds and is dedicated to promotion of world peace and harmony.

The monks will first participate as part of the regular church service from 10:30-11:30 am, offering a very special opportunity to understand the spiritual experiences of a different culture, to which the public is also invited. Following a potluck meal at noon, to which everyone is also invited, there will be a special community event from 1:30 - 3 p.m. where the monks will share a PowerPoint presentation on the special spirit of Tibetan Buddhist practices and traditional Tibetan meditation.

They also will perform a skeleton dance related to the Chod ceremony, a traditional ceremony with chanting to illustrate Tibetan Buddhist practices. The monks will be available for questions during lunch and following their presentation.