Sierra Friends of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhist Monks present program for families |

Sierra Friends of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhist Monks present program for families

A Tibetan monk shows a child an art technique.
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Tibetan monks present family program

When: 10 a.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 30

Where: St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church St., Grass Valley

Contact: Joseph Guida at 530-798-9576

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The Sierra Friends of Tibet and the Tibetan Buddhist Monks present their first-ever free program for families.

The program includes coloring, making butter sculptures, and Tibetan calligraphy.

Parents and their children can color in Jakata tales coloring books. The tales are a voluminous body of literature native to India concerning the previous births of Gautama Buddha. These are the stories that tell about the previous lives of the Buddha, in both human and animal form. The future Buddha may appear in them as a king, an outcast, a god, an elephant — but, in whatever form, he exhibits some virtue that the tale thereby inculcates. The stories emphasize friendship and the values of communication and cooperation.

Parents and their children can also try their skills at coloring in mandalas. Line drawing mandalas will be provided to color with crayon and or colored pencils.

Finished coloring book pages and mandalas will be hung around St. Joseph’s Hall.

The monks will work with children and adults to create traditional sculptures made from butter, as has been done in Tibet for over 800 years. Due to both its plenitude and highly elastic qualities, Tibetans have found butter to be very conducive to sculpture. The butter has been shaped into Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, flowers, animals, and auspicious symbols. These sculptures are then used to decorate ritual offering cakes made from barley flour. In Tibet, especially during Monlam (the Great Prayer Festival), butter sculpture contests were held among the major monasteries, and were often over 12 feet high. This workshop will begin with a demonstration by the monks and will be followed by the opportunity for each participant to make his/her own butter sculpture.

The monks will work with children and adults to demonstrate beautiful Tibetan calligraphy with pencils, as has been done in Tibet for over 800 years.

There will be two opportunities on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. on Jan. 23 and Jan. 30. Reservations are suggested but not required. All children must be accompanied by their parents.

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