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Sacred Arts Tour from May 8-15, Richmond, VA

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond is Hosting The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery May 8, 2017 – May 15, 2017

Schedule of Events – Open to the Public

Monday, May 8
7:00pm – Opening Ceremony – Beginning of Sand Mandala

Tuesday, May 9
11:00am – Meditation with Monks
4:00pm – Meditation with Monks

Wednesday, May 10
11:00am – Meditation with Monks
4:00pm – Meditation with Monks

Thursday, May 11
11:00am – Meditation with Monks
4:00pm – Meditation with Monks
7:00pm – Snow Leopard Ceremony, Debate, and Sacred Arts Performance

Friday, May 12
11:00am – Meditation with Monks
4:00pm – Meditation with Monks

Saturday, May 13
10:30am – Closing Ceremony – Conclusion of Sand Mandala,
begins at First UU and is completed at the Japanese Garden at Maymont

Sponsored By:
First UU Church of Richmond 1000 Blanton Avenue Richmond, VA 23221
Chrysalis Institute 3527 Ellwood Avenue Richmond, VA. 23221

Tibetan Monks
The Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Southern India will be in Richmond, VA at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1000 Blanton Avenue, from May 8 – May 13. The monks will be creating a sand mandala and teaching meditation as well as hosting a puja healing ceremony and a ceremonial pageant.

These monks travel throughout the country raising money for their monastery of 2,000 monks. The monasteries are the center of Tibetan Life in India since the expulsion of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1959. India has provided protection as well as medical care and education to Tibetans fleeing persecution in Tibet.

The opening ceremony will take place at 7 pm on Monday May 8, and meditation instruction will be each day at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. beginning Tuesday May 9 through Friday May 12. A Puja Healing ceremony will be held Tuesday May 9 at 7 p.m. and a Snow Leopard Pageant will be held at 7 pm Thursday evening. The week will conclude with a closing ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning May 13. The closing ceremony will begin at the Unitarian Universalist Church and will continue at the Japanese Gardens in Maymont Park with blessings using sand from the mandala.

The public is warmly invited to all of these events.

This event is being hosted through the generosity of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Richmond and The Chrysalis Institute.
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