The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery
Saturday, July 8th at Unity of Buffalo Church
Western New Yorkers will have a rare opportunity to see traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture in action during two events on Saturday, July 8th here at UNITY of Buffalo Church, when a touring group of Tibetan monks from the centuries-old Drepung Loseling Monastery will visit and perform.
First, at 3pm, the monks will perform a Tara Puja ceremony, a ritual involving music, chanting and offerings meant to praise and invite the blessings of Tara, a feminine manifestation of the Buddha believed to be committed to helping those in need of help and spiritual enlightenment. Then, at 7pm, the monks will perform three music and dance pieces, preceded by an introductory talk about their significance and followed by a Q&A session.
In addition, the monks will join UNITY Buffalo Church’s Sunday service on July 9th, offering guided meditation, dialogue and chanting, which will be followed by a Farewell Potluck. The Sunday service begins at 10am and is free to all.
Tickets to Saturday, July 8th's events are 20 dollars and can be purchased online by clicking on the registration links below until 5pm on Thursday, July 6th. Don’t wait too long though; Saturday’s events are expected to sell out.
Saturday, July 8th from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
DROLCHOG - Tara Puja Ceremony - Love Offering is $20
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Saturday, July 8th from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Talk/Demo with Q&A to follow - Love Offering is $20
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Sunday, July 9th during Sunday Service:
The monks will be participating in our Sunday service with some guided mediation and dialogue,
and we will also be having a Farewell Potluck immediately following. We hope you will join us.
Thursday, July 6 and Friday, July 7
THRUSOL RABNE - Consecration/House Blessings
(Limited number so if interested will need to book in advance with a deposit.
Please call our office for details, 716.882.0391 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Throughout this ritual an assembly of enlightened beings are invoked with intense concentration and meditation. They are then offered an elaborate ablution ceremony in order to purify our own body, mind and speech from all impurities. Bringing their meditation and prayers to the highest level of experience from within the sphere of the bliss and voidness, the monks perform an extended ceremony through chanting, meditation, and recitation of mantra synchronizing it with the sounds of various musical instructions.
These extended blessings may be offered for private or public house, property, business, estate, natural resources as well to the shrine rooms, temples and so on. At the end, the merits collected are immersed and transferred to these entities. If need be, at the request of the benefactors the monks could also offer a ceremonial walk through procession and perform blessings while chanting and sprinkling the blessed water to the surroundings. The ceremony concludes with dedication prayers sung in unison for the well-being of all sentient beings.
Approximate length: 30-45 minutes
Requirements: Candles, incense, fruits, flowers, rice, milk and water
Typical donation ranges from $300-$1500 depending on financial circumstances, distance monks will be traveling.
Four monks are needed for ceremony.