View mandala tonight – monks depart this week |

View mandala tonight – monks depart this week

Dan BurkhartJangchup Rabgyal talks about the different sand mandalas he and his fellow monks have made during their tour of the United States, while Jampa Palden works on the mandala at St. Joseph's Cultural Center.
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The 13-day visit by Tibetan Buddhist monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery in India ends this week in Nevada County.

The monks have toured the United States for 14 months, with this area as their next-to-last stop before heading home. The monks also visited Nevada County a year ago.

The monks have visited 60 cities to share Buddhist culture and heritage, and raise funds for their monastery.

A mandala closing ceremony is at 6 tonight. Doors open a half-hour earlier for viewing the mandala at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church St. Suggested donation is $10 to $20.

On Friday, the monks will present a sacred dance and music program and dharma talk at North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Road. The presentation begins at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 for Schoolhouse members and $12 for nonmembers.

Call St. Joseph’s at 272-4725 or North Columbia at 265-2826 for more information.

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