The Gyuto Monks return to Crystal Castle for the next stage of the World Peace Stupa – Sculpting the symbolic signs, patterns and traditional emblems on to the exterior levels of the throne.
The size of the project and the sophisticated moulding technique being utilized in the construction process means the monks will work with the large moulds in situ on the ground before they are placed in position on the stupa base.
Tashi Gyaltso, chief stupa artist will work with a couple of monks on this part of the task while other the monks continue to work in the Discovery Room preparing the other items still to be placed in the upper levels of the stupa. More texts are arriving from the monastery in India for inclusion and more tsa tsas and statues need to be dressed and wrapped for placement in the stupa. Meanwhile Gen Lama Thupten Phuntsok will keep a vigilant eye on all the activity to ensure all is being carried out according to sacred ritual as it has been for hundreds of years.
In between this more physical work, the monks will offer their usual program of morning chanting, children’s activities, lunchtime meditation sessions and talks. Gen Lama will also conduct the popular and powerful Jab Khru ceremony for effecting change and on alternate days, he is willing to perform ‘Mo’ divinations by individual request. As always, the Gyuto Monks aim to help people to rise above their difficulties be they mental, emotional, spiritual or physical, through harnessing the power of the heart and mind.
Sonam Rigzin will conduct ‘The Miracle of Nothingness’ Mindfulness sessions based on Interconnectedness, the 12 Links of Buddhist teachings that explain the process of life and rebirth.
Gen Lama’s Public Talk Series ‘ The Paradox of Expectation’ on weekends cover the series title plus topics on Connectivity, Relationship and Sustaining Contentment.
DAILY PROGRAM SCHEDULE
10.30 – 11.00 Morning Mindfulness
11.30 – 12.30 Culture for Kids – hands on art each day
1.00 – 2.00 Mindfulness Series
2.00 – 3.00 Stupa preparations ( weekdays)
Public Talk ( weekends)
3.00 – 4.00 Jab Khru Ceremony ( Saturday and Sundays) By appointment & offering
Mo Divinations ( weekdays) By appointment & offering
Harmonic Chanting Performance
A fundraiser for the World Peace Stupa – Saturday January 28th, 6pm
The monks will also offer a Harmonic Chanting Performance on Saturday January 28th. Trained over many years, each monk has developed the extraordinary capacity to chant in three octaves at the same time. The deep, stirring sounds produced have been called the ‘sound of heaven’ are reputed to have a transformative effect on the physical as well as the emotional body.
Snacks, cakes and vegetarian meals will be available from the Crystal Castle Lotus Cafe from 6pm with the chanting performance starting from 7.30pm. Please bring a cushion and a shawl or light blanket.
All proceeds go to the Stupa, a project which has been blessed by his Holiness the Dalai Lama.
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