Drepung Gomang Monks
The New Orleans Healing Center in partnership with Tibetan House Cultural Gift Shop and Meditation Center are excited to announce that the Drepung Gomang Monks are returning to The New Orleans Healing Center. Their schedule is as follows;
March 20, Monday, first day of Spring: Green Tara Puja at the Fly, 4pm;
March 21, Tuesday: Opening Ceremony for Green Tara Mandala, 11am - lobby of NOHC; Snow Lion dance in the lobby in the evening
March 22, Wednesday: Viewing the creation of the Green Tara Mandala, 10am-5pm lobby of NOHC; Green Tara Puja in the lobby, 7pm
March 23, Thursday: Viewing the creation of the Green Tara Mandala, 10am-5pm lobby of NOHC
March 24, Friday: Viewing the creation of the Green Tara Mandala, 10am-5pm lobby of NOHC
March 25, Saturday: Dissolution of the Mandala, procession to the River with the Sand Offering.
According to Buddhist scripture, sand mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. While constructing a mandala, Buddhist monks chant and meditate to invoke the divine energies of the deities residing within the mandala. The monks then ask for the deities' healing blessings. A mandala's healing power extends to the whole world even before it is swept up and dispersed into flowing water—a further expression of sharing the mandala's blessings with all.
The monks travel throughout the US, in hopes of raising money for their monastery. The monastery has an extensive program of care for the young, the old, those in need. Please come with a donation for their good works.
For more information about the visit of the Drepung Gomang monks, and their events in the city, please visit www.tibetanhouse.com.