Penn State and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development will host Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Tashi Kyil Monastery for a weeklong visit to University Park from October 22 to 26.
On Monday morning, Oct. 22, the monks will begin their work on a sand mandala in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center Garden Room and will conclude their work on Friday, Oct. 26. Visitors can stop by throughout the week to watch their progress.
In addition to the sand mandala, the following programs will take place as part of the visit in Room 124 of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center:
Monday, October 22
6:30 p.m.: 45-minute Tibetan mantra meditation
Tuesday, October 23
Noon: lunch discussion co-sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute (light lunch provided)
7 p.m.: arts workshop with sand painting, butter sculpting and Mani stones
Wednesday, October 24
2:30 p.m.: 75-minute class discussion on mindfulness and mantra recitation
6:30 p.m.: skeleton, panda and black hat dances with explanations
Thursday, October 25
2 p.m.: slideshow on death and dying from the Buddhist perspective
The monks are currently on the Tashi Kyil USA Tour, to teach the Dharma and educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet while raising funds for their monastery. This is the fourth tour the monks have completed.
Visit the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development’s website to learn more information about the center and its efforts.