Monks of Garden Shartse
Phukhang Educational Foundation
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Purpose of the Tour
The main purpose of the tour is to share with all people the monks’ culture, as well as practices of meditation and paths to inner peace and compassion. The second purpose of tour is construction of a new Khangtsen or dormitory. In our Khangtsen, we had only 120 rooms’ to accommodate 450 monks, with the monks facing the difficulty of sharing one room with three inmates. Because of the recurring problems related to the limited rooms encountered by our monks, we have jointly come to the decision to build 60 new rooms to accommodate those elder Geshe for better living standard.
BUTTER SCULPTURE WORKSHOP: $15/$10 Register Today!
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 plentitude 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. Length: 1 to 1.5 hour
MONDAY – 6 Perfections Ethics, Patience, Effort (Joyful Perseverance), Concentration, Wisdom, Generosity
TUESDAY – Empowerment
White Zambhala: With this empowerment, we can engage in the Practice of White Dzambhala, “Summoning Good Fortune”, and create the causes and conditions which will lead to the generation of wealth and prosperity, the cessation of material suffering, the relief of poverty and the development of Bodhicitta mind to attain enlightenment
WEDNESDAY – Wed-Dialectical Debate
Liberation, in the highest sense, is attained through the fusion of the intellect and intuition. The path to freedom requires wisdom, which can only be achieved through the deep questioning of one’s beliefs by both oneself and others. Tibetan Monastic Colleges employ the system of dialectical debate as part of the routine of study for the monks. It is used to dispel doubt and to acquire a deep understanding of the subjects being studied. The student is encouraged to question everything related to the topic being discussed (as was also done by Plato and Aristotle in Ancient Greece). This is invaluable for sharpening one’s wit and testing one’s wisdom.
Thursday – Meditations on Patience and Compassion
Friday – Four-Armed Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion)
The Buddha of Compassion is known as Chenrezig (Tibetan) or Avalokitshevara (Sanskrit), meaning ‘liberator from the unfortunate lower rebirths.’ Chenrezig pledged in front oft of all the Buddhas not to attain Buddhahood until all sentient beings were free from sufferings of samsara. Receiving the empowerment of this Buddha, therefore, provides one with protection from an unfortunate lower rebirth. Chenrezig has many aspects and embodies the Universal Compassion of al the Buddhas of the three times and ten directions. The purpose of the empowerment is to establish a close relationshi[ with Chenrezig and to benefit from his almighty power of compassion. In this era of violence and mental instability, the blessing of Chenrezig is highly sought after, as it helps one to become more peaceful and compassionate, even with the state of current events. The empowerment will also initiate one into the mantra of Avalokitshevara: OM MANI PADME HUM, which contains the essence of ll 84,000 volumes of Buddha teaching.
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