Drepung Gomang monks in residence at New York Buddhist Church
|March 15, 2014||to||March 22, 2014|
New York City
The New York Buddhist Church is delighted to host the Drepung Gomang monks from one of Tibet’s greatest monasteries. The monks will be in residence during the week of March 15-22. They will create a sacred traditional sand mandala of the Buddha Amitayus, the Buddha of Infinite Life. The public is welcome to attend this rare opportunity to view the creation of this sacred art form.
In addition to the mandala, the monks will participate in a number of public evening programs, including a traditional Buddhist debate, a cultural performance (with yak dance), a Dharma lecture, meditations, and a momos cooking class (traditional Tibetan dumplings). And there will be opportunities for individuals to receive blessings from the monks.
Mandala Creation will begin on Saturday, March 15, 10:00 am, and continue daily through the Dissolution Ceremony on Saturday, March 22, 11:00 am. Visitors, both adults and children, may view the progress of the Mandala every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
All events take place at the New York Buddhist Church, a temple in the Jodo Shinshu or Pure Land tradition and one of the oldest Buddhist temples in New York City, located at 331-332 Riverside Drive (between W. 105th and 106th Streets). The church is easily accessible via the #1 subway train, near the 103rd Street & Broadway station.
The Drepung Monastery was founded in 1416 near Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, and is now located in exile in South India. Drepung is noted for its skills in Buddhist philosophy, logic, and debate. This tour, led by Geshe Lobsang Jampa, will help raise funds to provide food, housing, and education for the monks in exile.