Tibetan Monks Come to Greenpoint To Offer Free Sacred Art Tour and Construct Sand Mandala

Sacred Arts Research Foundation and Golden Drum will be hosting the Drepung Gomang monks July 31–August 5 for a week of events open to the public. The main event will be the construction of a sand mandala as well as many other unique opportunities to be with the monks. All of the events are by donation and for the purpose of bringing peace and an understanding of Tibetan culture to the greater community.

The monk’s visit is in honor of the life, dedicated service, and birthday of the Elder Brother, Sat Guru Dr. Jose Manuel Estrada, a teacher in the lineage of Maestro Manuel Rufino, recognized elder in the Taino tradition and visionary guiding the Golden Drum and Sacred Arts Research Foundation.

The purpose of the Sacred Art Tour is to share and preserve Tibetan culture which overflows with spiritually artistic expression. The monks bring teachings of ancient ways and beliefs that do, even now, create the possibility of global peace, non-violent conflict resolution, compassion, and wisdom.

The Monks will be creating a beautiful sand mandala and teaching a workshop on how to construct your own, presenting cultural pageant performances that include dance, song, chant and a fascinating example of the debate monks use to train their thinking, sharing teachings about the main tenants of Buddhism and meditation, leading a Puja/prayer offering, and presenting a traditional Tibetan cooking class and dinner.

The tour will take place at Golden Drum (97 Green Street, Suite G1, Brooklyn, NY 11222) and the Sacred Arts Research Foundation (107 Green Street, G55, Brooklyn, NY 11222). A full schedule of events can be found here.

For more information visit: www.goldendrum.org, email: [email protected], or call: 347-974-3786.

About Billy McEntee

Billy McEntee has been fortunate to work for arts non-profits in Boston, Denver, Berkeley, and now New York. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Vanity Fair, American Theatre, HowlRound, Observer, and others. He's usually getting wine at Dandelion or eating cookies at Archestratus.

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