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Tibetan monks to offer drought relief healing ceremony

Tibetan Buddhist monks will offer drought relief prayers.
melanie sullivan |

Ten Tibetan Buddhist monks from Nechung Monastery in Dharamsala will visit Nevada County this month to offer prayers for healing the environment, including drought relief.

The event, sponsored by Sierra Friends of Tibet, will take place at 5 p.m. Aug. 16 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley. Suggested donation is $10 to $20; however, no one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

Nechung Kuten-la, the medium of the State Oracle of Tibet and Abbot of the historic Nechung Monastery, visited Grass Valley in both 2009 and 2011 and requested the monks visit the area.

While Kuten-la will not be with the monks for this short visit, the Sierra Friends of Tibet is honored to welcome Kuten-la’s monks.

The visit is intended also to strengthen the bond between Nevada County and the Nechung Monastery.

The monks of Nechung Monastery have studied courses on Buddhist philosophy for 13 years to receive their master degree.

The monks receive numerous teachings and initiations from His Holiness the Dalai Lama during his teachings four to five times each year in Dharamsala.

Geshe Tenzin Chophel (Karma) the tour leader will offer a teaching in English before the healing event.

The Nechung monks will confer a multi-dimensional environmental healing in a ceremony.

In the Vajrayana tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Dorje Namjom is known as an exceptional ceremony for healing and cleansing.

The monks will offer the healing ritual and recite the prayers to remove the outer obstacles of the four elements of earth, water, fire and wind to bring peace and harmony to Mother Nature.

In particular, the Monks will pray for an end to California’s drought.

The healing is open to everyone. It is not necessary to practice Buddhism to receive the blessing.

It is believed by Buddhists that being blessed, the healing has the potential to transmit a high degree of protection, healing, and energy to those attending the blessing with an open heart and clear mind.

Sierra Friends of Tibet cites the community’s unwavering commitment to Tibet and her people and the appreciation of the wisdom teachings of non-violence as the cause for bringing this wonderful spiritual tradition into the community, according to a press release.

To learn more on the history of the Nechung Oracle, the Monastery and the Nechung Buddhist Center, visit nechungbc.org.

Tibetan handicrafts are available for purchase at the event.

All funds raised go directly to the Nechung Buddhist Center. Sierra Friends of Tibet will offer food and snacks by donation following the blessing.

All donations go directly to Nechung Buddhist Center. Handicrafts made by Tibetan refugees will be offered for sale at the event.

For information, contact Joseph Guida, 530-798-9576, email sierrafriendsoftibet@gmail.com or http://www.sierrafriendsoftibet.org.

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