Eight Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery, students of H.H. Dalai Lama, will once again visit the Coral Springs Museum of Art from Tuesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 10, 2018. Over six days, museum visitors will be able to partake in various events and activities to get a first-hand look at traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings and artistic expression through the eyes of these men.
Highlights of the week will include authentic Tibetan artistic workshops as well a Tibetan lunch and dinner prepared by the monks. The lunch will take place on Wednesday, June 6 at 12:30 p.m. and the dinner will take place on Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Both meals will feature traditional favorites such as momos (dumplings) and naan (leavened flatbread). Then on Thursday, June 7 at 7 p.m., guests are invited to a Celebration of Community. This evening of interfaith dialogue between different cultures will feature a panel of spiritual leaders and be centered on peace. The artistic workshops will feature the ancient art of butter sculpture, mani stone, as well as meditation and dharma hours each day. A Cultural Pageant Spectacular on Saturday, June 9 will present costume, ritual dance, song and chants followed by a catered farewell dinner at 7 p.m.
The Coral Springs Museum of Art is one of only 33 locations the monks are visiting on their 2017-2018 North American Sacred Art Tour. The tour is part of the monks’ mission to spread the message of peace, loving kindness, wisdom and compassion while sharing their traditional arts and culture. Funds raised from this event will support the monks’ Monastery in southern India. The monks will open and close each day with sacred Tibetan chanting, and they will devote each day from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. constructing the renowned sand mandala for Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. Millions of colored grains of sand will be carefully laid out in detailed patterns and diagrams, which represent sacred textual Buddhist imagery. Upon completion on Sunday, June 10, the mandala will be ceremoniously deconstructed and deposited into a moving waterway, which is believed to spread blessings to the local community.
Some events require ticket purchase or pre-registration. Space is limited for workshops and culinary events. To register, visit http://bit.ly/CSMOAMonks18. Visitors will also be able to purchase goods from the Tibetan Marketplace offered by the monks throughout their visit. The marketplace will be located within the Museum. All contributions from the tour are used to purchase food, housing, and medical supplies for the nearly 2,000 monks at the Drepung Gomang Monastery, and will go toward seed funds for income-generating projects aimed at eventual self-sufficiency.