USA Tour: 2018-19
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.
• 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
Map of Tibet Showing Historical & Contemorary Boundaries
workshops on Tibetan cooking, Tibetan Yoga, Tibetan Language &
Tibetan Art. Click on the Workshops link
• 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
(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
explanation of both the ceremony and the dances.
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.
• Meditation Instructions with Sacred Mantras: Chenrezig, 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
• Mo Divination
• Prayer Flags: Bless and Hang at a Home or Business
(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.
• 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
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."
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.