Chay Drol is a blessing and cleansing empowerment that helps to remove the obstacles that prevent one from achieving enlightenment. The procedure begins with the Lama going into deep meditation and generating himself in the form of a deity. He then places colorful strings and pieces of cloth on various parts of the participant’s body. Through ritual, the strings and pieces of cloth will be transformed to physically represent the obstacles of the participant. Finally the Lama will use “Wisdom Weapons” to cut the “obstacles” from the participant, thereby freeing the participant and opening the door to liberation. This is a colorful and participatory ceremony. Suggested Donation $30
Tour teacher, Geshe Lobsang Wangyal, will be conducting the Empowerment. Born in 1967, in Simla, India, his warm-heart and easy smile is a joy to be around. Geshela joined Gaden Shartse Monastery in 1986. After successfully completing all of his Buddhist studies, he was awarded his Geshe degree (Doctorate) in 2003. Geshe Wangyal has taught Buddhism in many western countries and is currently teaching Buddhist studies at the monastery.
The monks of Gaden Shartse Norling Monastery, South India, are on an 18 month tour throughout the United States, sharing their sacred earth and healing arts. “The Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour”, enables the monastery to preserve the cultural legacy of Tibet and its people.
The tour will be in North County, May 7 – 20. One of the highlights is the creation of a Sand Mandala at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, May 16-20. The mandala is two-dimensional and is the most creative, labor-intensive, and concentration-intensive of all mandalas created. This mandala will require 75 to 125 hours of effort, completed by several monks continuously working together. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to view the sand mandala and to witness the monks as they meditatively create a symbolic palace for the Buddha. For more details, visit www.uufsd.
If you would like to make a donation to sponsor the Sand Mandala, volunteer, or schedule any of the monk’s blessing rituals, please call Suzen at (760) 815-2229. For complete schedule of events, see the website: www.sacredartsoftibettour.org or see the local events calendar: https://awakeninghearts.com