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Tibetan monks return to Nevada County

Seven monks from the Gaden Lhopa Khangsten Monastery return Saturday to Nevada County and Auburn to share their cultural arts for two weeks. The Tibetan monks are exiled in southern India.

Sierra Friends of Tibet again sponsors the monks’ visit which includes constructing a three-dimensional symbolic sand mandala, group-healing empowerment sessions in which negative energy is removed from individuals and Dharma talks.

“The monks feel this is a very special place,” said Melanie Sullivan of Sierra Friends of Tibet on Tuesday. “Everyone feels the support and welcome here by the community. The monks consider (Nevada County) a land of flourishing dharma or compassion and kindness. They’re not treated so nicely in other areas.”



The Amityas Buddha sand mandala’s opening ceremony will be 3 p.m. Sunday in St. Joseph’s Hall at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. Daily sand mandala viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The hall will close 1.5 hours prior to any monk-related event.

Dharma Talks will be 7:30 p.m. Monday at Wild Mountain Yoga Center, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Canyon Spirit Meditation Center and 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. The following week, Dharma Talks will be 10 a.m. Jan. 24 and 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center.




Healing Empowerment sessions will be 3 p.m. Jan. 25 and 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center. The Sand Mandala Dissolution Ceremony at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center will be 7 p.m. Jan. 31.

In addition, personal house, land and or business blessings and healing empowerment sessions can be arranged by calling Joseph Guida at 272-4725 or e-mailing sierrafriendsoftibet@hotmail.com.

St. Joseph’s Cultural Center is at 410 S. Church St., Grass Valley; phone is 272-4725. Wild Mountain Yoga Center is at 574 Searls Ave., Nevada City; phone is 272-6425. Canyon Spirit Meditation Center is at 538 Auburn Ravine Road, Auburn; phone is 885-6407.

Suggested donation for each event is $10 to $15. Sullivan stressed that no one, however, will be turned away due to lack of funds. All donations go directly to the monks which is used to support their monastery.

For more information about the monks’ visit, call 265-7737 or check out http://www.sierrafriendsoftibet.org on the Web.


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