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Drepung Gomang monks Sacred Arts Tour 2017 local events schedule 

Tibetan Monks Coming to Paso Robles–Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery have arrived in Paso Robles for the Sacred Arts Tour 2017. A week of activities, open to the community, is taking place from Aug 22-26. The monks will be creating an elaborate sand mandala painting.

Unless otherwise noted, all ceremonies and viewings are at EarthTones Gifts, Gallery and Center for Healing, 1319 Park Street in Paso Robles. Phone (805) 238-4413. Events are free unless stated otherwise.

The Sacred Arts Tour serves to fundraise for the Drepung Gomang Monastery and compassionate work. Donations to the monks and purchases of their handcrafted goods are greatly appreciated. For more information about purchases or donations, call EarthTones at (805) 238-4413.

Opening Mandala Ceremony –  Aug 22

Free to the public. Doors open at 5 p.m. Discussion at 6:30 p.m. and Opening Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

Morning-Afternoon Chanting – Daily Aug 22-26

10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Chanting ceremonies open and end the day’s work on the mandala.
Community Outreach Hosts: Awakening Ways, Paso Peace Community, Paso Food Coop, Paso Cares

Mandala Viewing – Daily

Tue- Fri, Aug 22-25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat, Aug 26, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. FREE open to public, good for all ages
Free Parking, Open seating. Have lunch or time out.

Peace Crane Making – Aug 23

1:30 – 4 p.m. Join Sue Diciccio, Foundation Peace Crane Project at EarthTones. Learn how to fold peace cranes and dedicate words and pictures of peace to exchange around the world.

Medicine Buddha Tea Puja – Aug 24

Doors open at 6 p.m. Discussion at 6:30 p.m. Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Discussion led by Robert Sachs, author/teacher of Tibetan Buddhism chanting and ceremony on Medicine Buddha healing. Wilwand Tea Company, 7075 Morro Rd, Atascadero. For more information, call EarthTones at (805) 238-4413. Sponsors: Wilwand Tea Company, EarthTones and SpiriTrek.

Lunch with the Monks – Aug 25

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Enjoy delightful Tibetan MoMo dumplings with salad and tea. $10. Lunch is at Spice of Life, downtown Paso Robles on the corner of 13th and Pine streets. Avoid waiting and call in order to EarthTones (805) 238-4413.

Meet the Monks/Craft Event – Aug 25

Reception 6 p.m. Craft Workshop 6:30 – 8 p.m., a Mani Stone workshop for youth and adults, working with the monks to create painted stones to bring beauty and hope to the world. Materials included. Paso Robles Art Association gallery at Studios in the Park, 1130 Pine St, Paso Robles. Reception provided by the Wellness Kitchen.

Closing Ceremony – Aug 26

2-3:30 p.m., a must see ceremony with the dissolution of the mandala and prayers centered on the Medicine Buddha. The completed design is swept away, sand from the mandala is given to members of the community and placed in open water during the beach walk and meditation on Aug 27.

Beach Walk and Meditation – Aug 27

1-4:00 p.m. at Hearst San Simeon State Park. Join the monks for a moderate walk, meditation and a potluck. The state park is located at 500 San Simeon-Monterey Creek Rd, Cambria. For more information call EarthTones (805) 238-4413. The event is sponsored by EarthTones and SpiriTrek.

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