Tibetan Monk Visit December 8 - 11, 2005
From the lush green hills and countryside of southern India, eight Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Dalai Lama's lineage from Gaden Shartse Monastery traveled to the rugged North Coast of Mendocino. They came to bring the Dalai Lama's immense loving kindness, generosity and compassion into greater intimacy with Western communities, to promote peace and to raise funds to save Tibetan culture, sacred art and philosophical texts.
During the day, on Thursday and Friday, December 8th and 9th, the monks visited private homes, local businesses, schools, senior centers, the hospital, artist co-ops, a Native American medicine man's family and other important community resource centers, blessing and purifying all with the heart of liberating wisdom.
On Thursday evening at College of the Redwoods, there was a lecture by the senior Lama on Sustaining Hope and Patience during difficult times. This was followed by an ancient music and dance performance. Friday evening there was a potluck dinner preceding a purification and empowerment ritual at the spirit house of Ron Nadeau in Fort Bragg.
On Saturday, December 10, there were daylong activities at Kumeido Zen Center in Little River, beginning with a blessing, empowerment ritual and lecture especially for social activists. The purpose of this event was to bless our coast environment and imbue the important service work of our local citizens with the qualities of wisdom, compassion and harmony.
The afternoon featured two ancient rituals. First, "Healing the Healers" which will purified and empowered volunteers, patients and families and staff involved in the Cancer Resource Center, Home Health Care, Hospice and the Mendocino Coast District Hospital. The second was for healing and empowering in an era of violence and anxiety. This blessing is highly sought after as it helps one to become more peaceful and compassionate despite troubling events.
That evening, after evoking the gracious presence of the Dalai Lama to bless the land and all beings present at the event, the monks performed ancient dance and music ceremonies from the 9th century. It is believed that those observing these dances will be cleared of all inner and outer negative obstacles.