Monks bring awareness to plight of Tibet with sacred art tour

Apr 09, 2018
Tibetan monks visit Cushing Community School.

Rockland — For the first time ever, eight Tibetan Buddhist refugee monks traveled from India to Midcoast Maine as part of their 13-month tour of the U.S. The Sacred Art Tour brought awareness to the plight of Tibetans, as well as sharing the ancient lessons of impermanence, compassion and peace. The monks created an intricate mandala, made from ground, dyed marble, in the great room of the Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing, a property of the Georges River Land Trust. The Compassion Mandala took the monks four days to create. Upon completion, visitors were able to witness the dissolution ceremony and follow the monks to the banks of the Georges River for a traditional blessing of the water with some of the marble dust from the mandala.

With events held at Wheeler Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, Dancing Elephant and the First Universalist Church in Rockland, more than 900 people took part in events of the tour. Tibetan culture and traditions were celebrated through a culinary evening, an outdoor fire puja, a Tibetan cultural pageant and visits to local elementary schools.

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Tibetan monks circle the compassion mandala they made over four days as part of the Sacred Art Tour in conjunction with Georges Valley Land Trust.
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