& THE MANDALA
It was my blessing to see the Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery recently as they spontaneously stopped by PUC to simply say hello on the way to fly out to Colorado. They send their blessings to you all!
Upon arriving, they offered me a white scarf--called a kata. The color symbolizes purity of intention and aspiration. An ancient Tibetan tradition, this is an offering when visiting a temple or teacher. I will wear it the next time I preach because it will illustrate reverence, which the monks are teaching me about as I interact with them.
So, all is looking excellent for their arrival. I would like to give you some advance dates to add to your busy calendar.
Split Plate Giving Opportunity
For Rev James Ford's first Sunday we will take a split-plate offering for the monks. Please give generously to their work of bringing the message of reflection and peace to everyone they visit.
Mandala Theology Classes
September 29 & October 6
Professor Christopher Chapple from Loyola Marymount University will be teaching 2 classes to help prepare us for the monks and the mandala. A free-will offering is requested.
Sand Mandala Creation and Ritual
October 5 through 11
The monks create their beautiful mandala in our sanctuary. The service on Sunday will include the very moving activity of sweeping away the sand of the mandala. Last time the service was standing room only.
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The monks are also available to come and do house blessings, animal blessings and other types of sacred blessings for you on a donation basis.
For those not with us for their previous visit in 2012 - and even if you were - House of Cards video production had a beautiful and haunting film of the mandala process; you can watch it here.
I am thrilled that we have this opportunity to deepen and widen our work of love and compassion in the world by hosting the monks.
Minister of Congregational Life