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Tibetan Monks from Drepung Gomang Monastic University visit Chicago

THE DREPUNG GOMANG TOUR consists of eight Buddhist monks from Drepung Gomang, an exiled Tibetan monastery located in south India. They are currently on a North American goodwill tour to share traditional Tibetan arts and culture. The three goals of the tour are:

  1. to spread their message of peace, loving kindness, wisdom, and compassion;
  2. to introduce Tibetan culture and raise awareness about Tibet in the U.S.; and
  3. to raise funds for their monastery.

Two of these events will be held at the Lake Street Church of Evanston. The monks will participate in Lake Street Church’s sixteenth annual World Community Sunday celebration, opening the event with temple chants from 10:15 to 10:30 on next Sunday, October 2, 2011 in the Sanctuary. I was blessed to be able to attend this service, and it was fantastic. Here is a picture of the monks chanting before the service:

The monks will return to Lake Street Church on Saturday October 8, 2011 for an evening of sacred chants at 7 p.m. also in the Sanctuary. The suggested donation for this event is $10.

The complete list of events is detailed below.

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Sunday, October 2
9:30 am – 12 pm
World Community Sunday—Interfaith Day
Temple Chants and sales of Sacred Tibetan Artifacts

Lake Street Church of Evanston
607 Lake Street
Evanston, IL 60201-4412
Monday, October 3 – Friday, October 7
10 am – 6 pm
Free to the Public
Sand Mandala Creation and Sales of Sacred Tibetan Artifacts

DePaul University Student Center
Center for Intercultural Programs
2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Room 105. Chicago

Wednesday, October 5
7 pm
Free to the Public
Prayer Ceremony Puja

DePaul Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave., Brownstone Annex
Parking at the Sheffield Parking Facility located at 2330 N. Clifton

Saturday, October 8
12-2 pm
Sand Mandala Demonstration & Puja

3333 Maria Linden Drive
Rockford IL 61114-5491

Saturday, October 8
7 pm
An Evening of Sacred Chant
Suggested donation $10

Lake Street Church of Evanston
607 Lake Street
Evanston, IL 60201-4412

Tuesday, October 11
7-8:30 pm
SAVE TIBET, a performance by the Drepung Gomang monks
Multiphonic overtone chanting, ritual dances, monastic debate, and sales of Tibetan crafts
$15/pay what you can

3502 N. Elston Ave., Chicago IL 60618


Wednesday October 12
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Tibetan Yantra Yoga and Training the Mind with Lama Lobsang Palden
$25 donation

Pilates Chicago
1220 W. Morse Ave., 2nd floor, Chicago, IL 60626

Thursday October 13
7 pm
An Evening of Sacred Chants for World Peace
Suggested donation $10

828 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202

Sunday, October 16
2-6 pm
World Peace through Inner Peace
2-4 pm: Tibetan Yantra Yoga and Training the Mind with Lama Lobsang Palden and the Drepung Gomang Monks
4:30-6 pm: Mahakala Fire Puja for World Peace
$40 suggested donation for all events or pay what you can

Dancing Feet Yoga
19135 West U.S. 12 New Buffalo, MI 49117

Navy Pier welcomes the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery from Mundgod, India as they stop in Chicago during thet 2011 US Tour. Over three days, witness the monks carefully construct a Mandala – or sand painting – by pouring dyed sand particles into intricate patterns onto a flat platform, forming a diagram that represents the principles and traditions of Buddhism. For this event, the monks will create the “Mandala of Medicine/Healing”. In addition, each day at 6 p.m. the monks will chant and play traditional instruments. Once the sand painting is complete on Wednesday, October 19th the event will culminate with a Closing Ceremony and the Dismantling of the Sand Mandala.

Monday, October 17 – Wednesday, October 19
10:30 am – 7 pm
Creation of the Sand Mandala
6 p.m.: Chanting Performances
Closing ceremony, Wed 10/19 @ 6 pm
Free Admission
Chicago Navy Pier, Crystal Gardens

For more information on the Drepung Gomang Monastery visit www.gomang.org.

Thanks to Tim Harrington from the Lake Street Church for this information.

Sand Mandela Photo Credit: http://www.myhabanero.com/community-outreach/


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