Tibetan monks set to visit Norman
Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery will visit Norman to share their culture March 24-30 at several houses of worship and other locales.
A variety of events will take place during the weeklong visit, including a welcome ceremony, a series of activities and the artistic creation of a mandala sand painting.
The public presentations begin with a Welcome Ceremony and Intertribal Dancing at 2 p.m. March 24 hosted by the First American United Methodist Church, 1950 Beaumont Drive. The opening ceremony for the creation of a mandala sand painting will take place at 7 p.m. March 25 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W Duffy. The group of monks may be observed creating the sand painting from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 26–29 and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 30. The creation of the sand painting with powdered and dyed stone, sand, dust, flowers and charcoal will require between 75 and 125 hours, with several monks working at a time.
These events are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Grant Program and Oklahoma Humanities.
A series of free evening events will be offered, with a suggested donation of $15, at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 7 p.m. March 27–29. The activities will begin March 27 with the Vajravidarin Healing Ritual, followed by a Tibetan Tea Ceremony on March 28 and and Menla (Medicine Buddha) Empowerment on March 29.
The monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India have presented a series of lectures and created a sand mandala during visits to Norman over the past 10 years. Their return to Norman is part of a national tour to be of service to the world community by nurturing peace, harmony, compassion and tolerance through cultural exchange.
The monks’ visit is sponsored by Norman Cultural Connection Inc., which is committed to enhancing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of cultural diversity, social differences, and the wisdom of world cultures by hosting events for the community. The monks will be available for personal blessings, consultations, and business and home blessings.
For more information, go to www.normanculturalconnection.org or follow on Facebook. To schedule an appointment, contact Marial Martyn at 201-9991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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