Monks make sacred mandala
THREE Tibetan monks have come to Coffs Harbour.
The monks, from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery, are based at Yogasense in Moonee Street during their visit and will be in town until Sunday, May 10.
During their five-day visit to Coffs Harbour, the monks are providing guided meditation mornings, giving a performance of sacred music and dance and creating a sand mandala and interested people are welcome at attend all these.
You can join the monks for morning meditation and chanting at Yogasense at 7.30am each day or to see the creation of the mandala from 8am to 4.30pm. The monks will take a break for lunch.
Tomorrow they will join Tibetan musician and singer Tenzin Choegyal for a performance at Coffs Harbour Education Campus lecture theatre at 7.30pm.
The performance will include chanting by the monks, Tibetan monastic dancing and Tibetan songs and music.
The mandala will be completed by Sunday morning and there will be a dissolution ceremony at 11am on Sunday at Yogasense.
“To view a complete mandala is a really beautiful thing to do,” said Tenzin Choegyal.
The Sand Mandala is regarded within Tibetan Buddhism as sacred and, until 40 years ago, was rarely seen outside monasteries.
Architectural in structure, the complex and richly coloured designs have remained unchanged for over 500 years, the skills and secret meanings passed down through the generations from teacher to student.