Date(s) - 12/01/2021 - 12/05/2021
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The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, will host the visiting monks of Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery who are guided by the Dalai Lama.
The Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour seeks to share the traditional spiritual arts of Tibet with the world through the construction of sand mandalas, lectures and other sacred rituals.The monks will construct a White Tara mandala, a core practice of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, throughout their stay. At the outer level, the mandala represents the world in divine form, and at the inner level it represents a map that the ordinary human mind can follow to achieve enlightenment. White Tara is considered the Mother of All Buddhas. She represents the energies of graceful power, compassion, purity, and long life. The White Tara empowerment is meant to establish a close relationship between the recipient and these energies. Her mandala will be ritually dismantled upon completion, representing the Buddhist belief in the transitory nature of material life.
Proof of vaccination and mask wearing will be required.
Schedule of Events
Public invited to view the construction of the Mandala daily, Dec 1 thru Dec 4, from 10 am to 4 pm. Questions welcomed.
Wednesday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. Founders Hall Opening Ceremony Construction of the White Tara Mandala
Thursday, Dec. 2: 2pm to 4 pm Founders Hall White Tara Empowerment ceremony. Suggested donation $20
Friday, Dec. 3: 10:30 to Noon Dharma Talk UUFSD Palmer Library
Saturday, Dec. 4: 9am to 3pm Family Day, Founders Hall Activities for kids including making small sand mandalas, storytelling, Tibetan Calligraphy, and more
Suggested donation: $15 per person or $25 for family
Sunday, Dec. 5: 10am Sunday Service followed by the Dissolution of Mandala and Concluding Ceremony in Founders Hall at 11:30 and then scattering of sand in the ocean at South Cardiff State Beach
Throughout there will be Healings offered by monks and Tibetan sacred arts and crafts available for sale.