Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monestary

September 25, 2012

Today we had an exciting afternoon at Harmony as we hosted the Tibetan monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery.  The original Drepung Gomang monastery was built in 1416 near Lhasa, Tibet.  Now the monastery is located in Karnataka, India and it has over 2000 monks.  Read more about the history of the monastery here.  The monks are hosted here in Bloomington by the Tibetan and Mongolian Buddhist Culture Center, and came to Harmony School to share their traditional arts.

They began with a prayer to the Dalai Lama, followed by throat singing, and ended with a series of fantastic dances that featured a yak, a snow lion, and pandas! Click here to see videos of the monks’ performance.

After the performance, the monks stayed for two hours and showed the students some of the tools and techniques that they use to create traditional sand mandalas.  If you’ve never seen a sand mandala before, you should check this link out.  The monks at Harmony did not create a full mandala; they simply showed the students the techniques involved.

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