Easton last tour stop for monks
Tibetans to create ancient art inside local business
The Express-Times, August 29, 2001
-- Ten Tibetan Monks are scheduled to visit The Yoga Studio of Easton tonight during a
stop in the Easton area.
The visit includes
the creation of a sand mandala in Palmer Township on Monday and Tuesday.
Nine of the monks,
from the Drepung Gomang Monastery located in South India, were in the area Monday; a 10th
was in New York City with plans to be in Easton today, according to Michael Lear,
organizer of the monks stay.
visit concludes their yearlong tour of the United States to raise money for their
monastery in India. In late March, they visited the Yoga Studio at 524 Northampton St. in
During their last
stop, the monks performed Tibetan prayers, chanting and costumed dances reflecting the
mystical and sacred qualities of their endangered culture, Lear said in a news release.
lectures covered topics such as Tibetan yoga, Tibetan Buddhist medicine and the political
situation in Tibet.
session is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. in The Yoga Studio of Easton. The suggested
tax-deductible donation is $17 but no one will be turned away, said Lear, who owns SOMA
Health Potentials at 27 S. Second St. in Easton.
University opened in 1416 in Tibet, which is in central Asia and within the boundaries of
China in the nations southwest region. When communist China completed its invasion
of Tibet in 1959, 100 of the 5,500 monks studying there followed the 14th Dalai Lama into
exile in India, according to Lears release. The monastery opened in 1969, Lear said.
government donated the land for the Drepung Gomang Monastery. Hundreds of Tibetans - some
as young as 6 years old - flee Tibet each year to come to the monastery and study, Lear
During their visit
to Easton area, the monks are creating a sand mandala dedicated to long life inside Wilson
Products Compressed Gas Co. at 3411 Northwood Ave. in Palmer Township. The companys
owner, Bruce Groner, supports the monks and invited them to create the mandala.
The art of creating
mandalas - three-dimensional forms of sand - is known in Tibetan as dul-tson-kyil-khor or
mandala of colored powder, according to Lears release. Millions of grains of sand
are painstakingly laid on a flat platform over a period of days.
When finished, to
symbolize the impermanence of all that exists, the colored sands are swept up and poured
into a nearby river or stream where the waters carry healing energies throughout the
world, according to Lears release.