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Tashi Lhunpo Monks
The Power Of Compassion (performance)

Fri 20 July 2018

Tibet - the Land of Snows: home to Buddhist Lamas whose ancient rituals have fascinated people for thousands of years. From the Tantric tradition of Tibetan Buddhism comes the ephemeral art of the Sand Mandala. The intricate pattern, made of grains of coloured ‘sand’, represents the abode of the Buddhas, the design being handed down through generations of Tantric masters. Once completed, the mandala is destroyed, releasing the Buddhas to return to their own realms, leaving a memory of the possibility of profound enlightenment, existing within us all.

In interactive workshops, the monks introduce Buddhist monastic art, including mandala making, printing prayer flags and making butter sculpture; learn some Tibetan language or make a dukar wheel, offering protection from negative influences.

The Power Of Compassion presents chant, music and dance, opening a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and mysticism.

From the contemplative chant of Buddhist texts to ritual dances accompanied by Tantric musical instruments (horns made from human leg bones, skull - drums, cymbals, bells) and with the sound of the dungchen (long horns), the monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, offering an insight into this endangered tradition.