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Tashi Kyil  USA Tour:  2018-19

Programs


You may choose one or more of the following options to comprise a program in your area.  "Mix and Match" is encouraged so the unique people in your area or organization will have the best possible experience. 

A donation from the public for each program is requested.  Please check the "Donations" link to read about our suggested donations. 

The monks will have merchandise for sale much of which is made by Tibetan refugees living in India. 

The Tour Group will have 3 types of programs to offer the public.  Please note that the monks are "monks," not entertainers, so they will not present a Cultural Pageant.  Instead, their programs are reflections of who they actually are -- Tibetan, Buddhist, Monks.


TIBETAN

•    A Powerpoint presentation about the history, people, and culture of Tibet -- in the past and in the present.  The presentation will be followed by a Q/A session.  You may access the script of the presentation by clicking on the link Coordinators' Materials

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Map of Tibet Showing Historical & Contemorary Boundaries


•    Hands-on workshops on Tibetan cooking, Tibetan Yoga, Tibetan Language & Alphabet, and Tibetan Art. Click on the    Workshops link for details.

•    Tibetan Dinner:   The monks will prepare and cook a typical Tibetan Dinner for guests.  Recipe Cards of Tibetan Dishes Will Be Available for Sale.  You may also download them here.

•    Tibetan Village Dance:  A performance  of a Tibetan village dance called "Tashi Sholpa."  This dance welcomes His Holiness the Dalai   Lama  whenever he visits a monastery or Tibetan settlement.  This dance is included with the Tibetan Dinner.  The Monks will welcome the guests with this dance.  You may  will find information about the dance by clickingoi

 

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Tashi Sholpa Dancer


BUDDHIST


•   Blessing Ceremonies:  Chenrezig, Medicine Buddha, and Tara.  The monks do not give empowerment, but these tantric blessings are powerful and effective.  Please go to Coordinators' Materials to download the prayers for these ceremonies.



•   Blessings of Homes and Businesses to Remove Obstacles


•   Chod” (a ceremony to cut off attachments).  After the monks chant this ritual, they will  perform a "Skeleton Dance" to end the ceremony.  The purpose of the dance is to remind us of the Buddhist teaching that all phenomena are impermanent and have no identity from their own side.    Please go to Coordinators' Materials to download files about Chod and the Sacred Dances

We will give an explanation of both the ceremony and the dances.


                                     chod       skeleton                        
                            Monk Performing Chod                               Skeleton Dance                          


•   Debate Demonstration during which the monks will debate the meaning of a text from the Dharma (English explanation provided).  Such debates are a daily part of the learning process of a monk studying the Dharma in a Tibetan monastery.  Please go to Coordinators' Materials to download a file explaining Tibetan Debate.


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Monks Debating


•   Meditation Instructions with Sacred MantrasChenrezig, Medicine Buddha, and Tara -- followed by sitting meditation sessions.  Participants will be given copies of the mantras with their explanation.  Chantings by the monks will accompany these sessions. 


•   Meditation  Mantras in Sanskrit:  Mantras and prayers chanted in Sanscrit by Ven. Lobsang Jamyang. a monk trained in this practice at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi.   Pali and Sanskrit are the original languages of Buddhism.

      The Mantra of Interdependent Origination as taught by ShakyamuniBuddha
      Praises for Buddha
      Praises for Bodhisattvas     
      The Heart Sutra


•    Mo Divination


•    Prayer Flags:  Bless and Hang at a Home or Business


•   Pujas (Prayer Offerings) at the location and/or  at the homes of sick people.  These pujas relieve  sufferings by eliminating negativities.  A smoke puja can be performed outside  to eliminate negative obstacles.  In addition, the monks may perform the Black Hat Dance.  Its purpose is to eliminate the afflictive emotions and misconceptions that cause sufferings.



The Black Hat Dance


•    Sacred Sand Mandala (World Peace (5 days) and Avalokiteshvara (  (Cherndays); Buddhist teachings (the Dharma).  Please check out “Coordinators’ Materials” to access information and pictures about these mandalas


•   Slide Show:  "Death & Dying in the Buddhism Tradition" - includes the 12 Links of Dependent Origination.  Please go to Coordinators’ Materials” for a copy of the script


•   Teachings on the "Four Noble Truths" and the "Seven Limb" prayer


•   Workshop of Buddhist Practices

"Welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mandala Offering."  His Holiness is the guest at  each Buddhist Ceremony.  The monks will chant prayers and blow their long horns to show their devotion. 

Then they will make a "mandala offering" to dedicate all of their virtuous actions to benefit  sentient beings.  The monks will explain the mandala offering and teach particpants how to  do the mandala mudra (using hands.)   In addition, they will demonstrate how to make a prostration correctly.

Finally, the monks will give an Instruction & Demonstration on "How to Set Up a Buddhist Altar."


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A Buddhist Altar


MONKS

•    Each member of the tour group can present his own life story so that the public can better understand who he is. If you go to the Bios link, you may find that you have a question or two to ask each monk.  Each monk will have a "business card" with his name and contact information.  He will give this card to anyone who wishes to keep in touch with him.

•    The tour will give a PowerPoint presentation about life at Tashi Kyil -- a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery.

•    The monks will be available to join an individual or a group at a private lunch or dinner so that persons can have a chance to associate with a monk, or monks, on a personal level.