We are hosting seven Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery. While they are here they will be conducting home, business and personal blessings as well as performing two cultural and spiritual events which are open to the public. The monks are renowned for their chanting, not only the deep-throated chanting well known to the West, but also a unique and seldom heard higher pitched chanting. The Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery, formerly in Tibet, is now based in southern India. The monastery is one of the three leading monastic and educational institutions for the Tibetan people and is actively working to preserve the culture, artistic and religious life of the Tibetan people. The monks are touring the US to share their culture and teachings, and to raise funds to build a prayer hall and dormitories, as well as monies for the medical needs of the monks residing at Gaden Shartse Dokhang. The tour is officially supported and blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The lead spokesperson for the tour is Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the primary interpreter for HHDL. website or facebook

Two community events will be held at Studio Be Yoga in mid-July. We have no doubt these will be fascinating and wonderful events for you and your family and friends.

Please consider coming and supporting the monks and the Compassion Tour 2014.

Tibetan Ritual Dancing & Chanting

The Black Hat Dance
The Black Hat dance is an elaborate ritual that took many days to perform in Tibet. The purpose of the ritual is to eliminate the obstacles, which in the individual are the afflictive emotions and misconceptions that cause sufferings.

Wisdom Purification Prayer
This prayer spreads the light of the truth so that it may flourish in every corner of the world. It is a prayer that negative actions, which result in environmental destruction, wars and disputes, terrorism and nuclear destruction, be ceased forever. It acknowledges that true peace comes from inner peace, not fame, nor lovely things, and offers the wish and intention that all people find inner peace above all. It is a prayer for the end of poverty, which includes the poverty of wisdom as well as economic poverty, so that the inner strength of all beings may be restored.

Saturday, July 12th, 5:00 PM ~ 7:00 PM
Suggested Donation: $20 adults / Children welcome!

Chenrezig Empowerment
Empowerments are ceremonies designed to assist people so that they can embody more fully the virtuous qualities of a particular Tantric deity. They are performed by a lama with the proper spiritual attainments and mastery of the rituals of his lineage.

Four-Armed Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion)
Chenrezig (also known as Avalokiteshvara) has many aspects and embodies the Universal Compassion of all the Buddhas. Receiving the empowerment of this Buddha provides protection from an unfortunate lower rebirth, expands the heart of the participant to hold greater compassion for all beings, and initiates the participant into the mantra of Avalokiteshvara: OM MANI PADME HUM, which contains the essence of all 84,000 volumes of Buddha’s teaching.

Sunday, July 20th, 5:30 ~ 7:30 PM
Suggested Donation: $20 adults