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November
November 19, 2017 9:15 am — November 26, 2017 3:00 pm
Unity North Atlanta
4255 Sandy Plains Road

Marietta, GA 30066
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The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in India will be our guests again this year.

They will be creating the sacred Akshobhya Buddha mandala sand painting.  The Akshobhya Buddha (“The Unmovable One”) is one of the five Wisdom Buddhas. He represents the “unshakable Victor for conflict resolution and peace.”

Highlights of their week-long visit from November 19 though November 26 include opening and closing ceremonies, creation of the mandala, and a dharma talk.  Click here for a detailed schedule of activities.

About the Monks

The Monastery in southern India was founded to house Monks who had escaped from Drepung Loseling Monastery in Lhasa, Tibet, when Tibet was overrun by the Chinese during the 1950’s. The Monastery in Tibet, established in 1416 as an institute of higher learning for Buddhists, housed over 10,000 Monks, but only about 250 of them escaped into India. The others were imprisoned or killed. Over 1 million Tibetans, including Monks and Nuns, have been killed since the acquisition of Tibet by the Chinese. Tibet is now a region of China. Tibetans are forbidden to display their flag, sing their national anthem or display pictures of their spiritual leader, His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama now lives in exile in Dharamsala, India. It is our vision that eventually there will be cultural autonomy and freedom for all Tibetans.

The Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery in India have been touring North America for over 20 years to support their monastery and to preserve and demonstrate part of their beautiful Tibetan traditions. Their Monastery in India now houses around 3000 Monks, some as young as seven or eight, and two-thirds of whom are refugees from Tibet. It is a very long, difficult journey from Tibet to southern India over the Himalayas and through India. They often leave behind family, loved ones and their support community. There are opportunities for us to help these Monks by donation, monthly contribution, and by purchasing items from the Monks. One Monk, when asked what the tour meant to him, thought for a moment and said, “It means we aren’t hungry anymore.”  Please consider helping these Tibetan Buddhists with your purchases and Love Offerings.

Monk Visit Schedule

Date / TimeActivityLocation
Sunday, November 19
During the 9:15 and 11:15 am Services
Chanting MeditationSanctuary
Sunday, November 19
2:00 pm
Opening CeremonySanctuary
Sunday, November 19
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Mandala sand paintingSanctuary
Monday and Tuesday
November 20 and 21
Noon - 7:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 6:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Wednesday, November 22
Noon - 6:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 5:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Wednesday, November 22
7:30 pm
Dharma Talk: "From Confusion to Enlightenment: Steps in Inner Evolution"Sanctuary
Thursday, November 23
Noon - 7:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 6:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Friday, November 24
Noon to 7:00 pm
Mandala sand painting - close at 6:45 pm with chant and time for meditationSanctuary
Saturday, November 25
Noon - 6:00 pm
Mandala sand painting completed by 4:45 pm. 4:45 pm - 5:00 pm: Chant and meditation. 5:00 - 6:00 pm: Completed mandala available for viewing.Sanctuary
Sunday, November 26
During the 9:15 and 11:15 am Services
Chanting Meditation
Sanctuary
Sunday, November 26
2:00 pm
Closing Ceremony

Dispersal
Sanctuary

Lake Cherful, Mountain Park, GA

Details

Start:
November 19 @ 9:15 am
End:
November 26 @ 3:00 pm
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