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Tashi Kyil USA Tour:  2018-19

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2018-19 Tour Monks with World Peace Mandala

n partnership with the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center and its Kumbum Chamtse-Ling Monastery in Bloomington, Indiana, monks from Labrang Tashikyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India are touring the United States to teach the Dharma, educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet, and to raise much needed funds for their monastery.   This is the monastery's fourth USA Tour.

The TMBCC Coordinators are Geshe Lobsang Kunga and Mary Pattison.  Please check the Itinerary and Contact links for contact information.


Seven Tibetan Buddhist Monks will present programs with a special emphasis on these three words:  TIBETAN, BUDDHIST & MONK.


A Tibetan Buddhist Monk

TIBETAN:  The tour can present a powerpoint presentation about the history, people, and culture of Tibet --  in the past and in the preeent.  They can give hands-on workshops on Tibetan cooking, Tibetan Language & Alphabet, and Tibetan Art.  The monks can perform a Tibetan village dance called "Tashi Sholpa."  This dance welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama whenever he visits a monastery or Tibetan settlement.

BUDDHIST:  Upon request, the monks can create a Sacred Sand Mandala (World Peace: 4 days to complete and Avalkiteshvara:  5 days).  They will give Buddhist teachings (the Dharma) and will give meditation instructions with sacred mantras -- followed by sitting meditation sessions.   They will chant sacred prayers and perform Chod (a ceremony to cut off attachments), accompanied by Cham - a sacred Buddhist dance.  The monks will give a Debate Demonstration during which they will debate the meaning of a text from the Dharma (English explanation provided).  Such debates are a daily  part of the leaning process of a monk studying the Dharma in a Tibetan monastery.

MONK:   Upon request, each member of the tour group will present his own life story so that the public can better understand who he is.  In addition, the tour will give a powerpoint presentation about life at Tashi Kyil -- a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery now located in Dehra Dun, India. The monks will be available to join an individual or a group at a private lunch or dinner so that persons can have a chance to associate with a monk, or monks, on a personal level.
Following the destruction of the original Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Amdo, Tibet, Venerable Gunthang Tsultrim and other exiled monks rebuilt their monastery in Dehra Dun, India in1967.  To the present day, the chanting styles, rituals, practices, and self initiations are preserved just as they were in Mejung Thosamling College in Labrang Tashi Kyil in Amdo. In addition to Dharma studies, the monastery offers classes in Tibetan grammar and English.


Kalachakra Stupa in Front of the
Kumbum Chamtse-Ling Temple

When Arjia Rinpoche of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, was Abbot of Kumbum Monastery in Amdo, Tibet, before he went into exile in 1998, Kumbum and Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery (also located in Amdo, Tibet) worked closely together serving Tibetan Buddhists in the region. Both monasteries are members of the Gelugpa Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Arjia Rinpoche is now Director Emeritus of Kumbum Chamtse Ling in Indiana and Labrang Tashi Kyil is a refugee monastery in Dhra Dun, India. Both current monasteries wish to continue to work together to teach the public about the culture and religion of Tibet.

Our Spiritual Teacher, Geshe Lobsang Kunga, is serving as TMBCC & KCL's Director.  He is assisted by Ven. Tenpa Phuntsok and Ven. Damchoe Gyaltsen. Tenpa is KCL's Chantmaster, Translator, and Center's Secretary.   Damchoe is in charage of our grounds and the Happy Yak Gift Shop.  Our grounds consist of 108 acres with its Cultural Center, the Kumbum Chamtse-Ling Temple, the Janchub Chorten, the Kalachakra Stupa, the Choekor Pagoda, the Mani Korlo, 2 residences, and 4 retreat cottages.   The Cultural Center has a Main Room with library, kitchen and dining area.  Upstairs are rental bedrooms, each named for a Buddhist Deity and decorated accordingly.