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Great Compassion Mandala Tour Will Be Here

October 8-12, 2018

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We are pleased to announce that the 2018 Great Compassion Mandala Tour is coming to Colorado Springs. Geshe Tsewang Dorje, director of the Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Ladakh, India, designed the tour to share the beauty of Himalayan Buddhist culture and to spread a message kindness and compassion. Three monks will construct a traditional Sand Mandala on a platform over a three-day period, and on the fourth day will sweep up the colored sand to deposit in nearby Monument Creek to symbolize both the reality of impermanence and the power of sharing all blessings with others.

MonkAndGirlAbout Ngari

Founded in 1979 by the Ladakhi alumni of Sera Jey Monastery (located in South India), the Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics is an Indian NGO dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist culture in the Himalayan region. In 2010, the monks established hostels for orphans and extremely poor children from the remote area between Ladakh and Tibet who would otherwise miss educational opportunities. Currently, 60 students, ages 5-14, live at the institute and attend local schools. The institute provides them with room, board, tuition fees, book and clothing allowances, and access to medical care, as well as a Buddhist and cultural education. Learn more about the institute at www.NgariMandalaTour.org.

BodhiMind Center will be accepting donations for the institute. All proceeds generated by the tour go toward the education and food funds for the Ngari children.

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Schedule

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The Buddhist Mandala: The Hidden Heart of Tibetan Culture

Monday, Oct. 8 | 6 PM

Dr.-Robert-ThurmanThe Mandala celebration begins with a free lecture by renowned scholar Dr. Robert Thurman. Identified in 1997 by Time Magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans, Dr. Thurman is the Je Tsong kha pa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and the author and translator of more than a dozen books on Buddhism. At the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thurman co-founded the Tibet House in New York City, in collaboration with his wife, Nena Thurman, and actor Richard Gere. Tibet House’s mission is to preserve the rich resources of Tibetan culture. Known for his extensive scholarship, inspiring teaching, close friendship with the Dalai Lama and, of course, for his daughter Uma, Prof. Thurman is a world-renowned educator with a broad following.

This event is free and open to the public; no RSVP required; located at Cornerstone Arts Center, Celeste Theater, 825 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO

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monks_working4_little_saigon.jpgSand Mandala Creation

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Oct. 9, 10, 11 | times vary

The monks will be working on the Mandala throughout the day on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and visitors are invited to watch this amazing process.

This event is free and open to the public; located at the Fine Arts Center, Smith Family Gallery, 30 W. Dale St, Colorado Springs

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GesheTsewangDorje2_CourtesySiddharthaSchoolProject_PhotoByRebeccaWilsonBodhiMind Center Meditation and Reception

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 5:30-7:30 PM

Geshe Tsewang will lead BodhiMind Center’s weekly Tuesday meditation. A reception will follow. BodhiMind Center will provide tea and some snacks for the reception; your contributions of snacks or desserts are appreciated.

Cosponsored by BodhiMind Center & Colorado College / Suggested donation of $10 /Woman’s Club, Colorado College, 20 Mesa Rd., Colorado Springs, CO

Photo by Rebecca Wilson, Courtesy of Siddhartha School Project

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PaubhaPaubha Painting Member Lecture and Ceremony

Wednesday, Oct. 10 | 4:00-6:00 PM

Chelsea Beach, founder of the Himalayan Art School in Colorado Springs, will speak about Paubha painting, a 1,000-year-old genre created by the indigenous people of Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley. “Paubha” means, “divine in flat form.” The images in the paintings are used as visual aids for visualization meditations in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition. Chelsea received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied for three years under Paubha master artist Lok Chitrakar of Simrik Atelier in Patan, Nepal. After the lecture, join us for a Paubha Painting Eye-Opening Ceremony. Geshe Tsewang will consecrate the Paubha paintings done by Chelsea Beach and the students of the Himalayan Art School. During the eye-opening ceremony, the figures in the paintings are thought to become imbued with the spirit of enlightenment.

RSVP required. RSVP to the FAC by email or phone and say you are with David Gardiner’s BodhiMind Center group: fac@coloradocollege.edu or (719) 477-4310.

Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs.

 

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Fine Arts Center Reception

Wednesday, Oct. 10 | 6:00-7:00 PM

FAC and BodhiMind Center Members are invited to meet the monks and to speak with Dr. David Gardiner, Professor of Religion at Colorado College, at the reception following the lecture and ceremony. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available.

No RSVP is required for the reception.

Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., Colorado Springs.

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finished_kalachakra5_little_saigon.jpgDissolution Ceremony

Friday, Oct. 12 | 12 PM

The monks will begin the dissolution ceremony by chanting prayers, then they will destroy the mandala and carry the sand to Monument Creek, to help all humans generate compassion and understand the impermanence of all things. Attendees will receive packets of the sacred sand. Please note that a portion of this event will entail walking from FAC to Monument Creek.

This event is free and open to the public; located at the Fine Arts Center, Smith Family Gallery, 30 W. Dale St, Colorado Springs, CO


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Blessings

BlessingCordCroppedGeshe Tsewang will be available Oct. 8-12 and 18-22 to perform blessings. He is offering three types of blessing:
  • Blessing or protection cord: These red or yellow cords are blessed by monks who say prayers and mantras over them. Geshe will recite mantras while tying the cord around your wrist or neck. The cord purifies negative karma and symbolizes your connection to him and his compassionate protection. Suggested donation: $20.

    Stop by during the sand mandala creation (Oct. 9-12) at the Fine Arts Center (30 W. Dale St.) to receive a blessing cord.

  • Healing blessing: You can set up an appointment (about 30 minutes) with Geshe to talk privately with him and receive a healing blessing. Suggested donation: $75.

    Please contact BodhiMindCenter@gmail.com to schedule a healing blessing.

  • House and business blessings: During this onsite blessing, Geshe will chant prayers and mantras to promote the health, peacefulness, and productivity of the house or business and land. The ceremony takes 30-45 minutes, plus travel time. Suggested donation: $350.

    Please contact BodhiMindCenter@gmail.com to schedule a house or business blessing.

It is traditional to offer an envelope with a donation inside when you receive a blessing. Any donations will go toward the education and food funds for the children at Ngari Institute in Ladakh, India.

 


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Our Regular Events

Weekly Group Meditation: Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 PM (discussion ends 7:15 PM

Two 20-minute meditations with basic instructions. Fine for both beginners and experienced meditators. Main focus: developing mindfulness of body, feelings, and thoughts; learning to observe inner and outer conditions without judgment; cultivating patience and compassion. Followed by discussion, with tea. OK to arrive late or leave early.

Suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds.    Location: 20 Mesa Road


Saturday Group Meditation: 9:00-11:00 AM

Come start the weekend with awareness, lightheartedness, and an inner smile for yourself and others, with Rick or Karen. Meditation focus: seated and sometimes with movement, discussion, and readings.

Suggested donation of $5, but no one turned away for lack of funds.    Location: 20 Mesa Road


Book Discussion Group: The Book Group is currently taking a break.

The book group selects a book, usually about some aspect of or relationship to Buddhism. Chapters are targeted for each meeting and then discussed over tea and snacks. Everyone is welcome to attend. There is no requirement to have read the book or attend every session (although it is helpful to do so). Each discussion is open and free flowing, welcoming all to take an active or nonactive role in the discussion.

Free (donations of tea and snacks are appreciated)            Location: 20 Mesa Road


BodhiMind Center Outdoor Activities Group

Our great outdoors is an immeasurable gift of nature. We are a group interested in outdoor activities like hiking, outdoor sitting meditation, walking meditation, outdoor potluck picnics, or even a combination of such activities. Members may choose to do as much or as little as they like depending on their interests and constraints.

If you would like to join our outdoor activities group, send an email to avtinc2000@gmail.com to be included on the group’s mailing list. Anyone on the mailing list may propose any date and any combination of outdoor activities. The group will avoid scheduling conflicts with BodhiMind Center meditations or other BodhiMind Center events.