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Meet The Tibetan Monks

Updated on October 29, 2014

A lotus emerges from the mud.

I was fourteen years old when I first discovered Buddhist texts in a book store. The ideas presented made such clear sense to me and seemed like such a logical way to ease a suffering world.

I read many books on spirituality and philosophy from all different cultures but still had this strong sense that there was something I was missing.

In August of 1999 in Bloomington, Indiana, I took part in something that changed my whole world and opened the door for me to find what I was missing. The event was the Kalachakra for World Peace at the Tibetan Cultural Center.

H.H. The Dalai Lama of Tibet presided over this Buddhist Tantra Ceremony and my life has not been the same since. I found a focus and purpose in the Tibetan lineage of Buddhism and through a unique and fortunate set of circumstances over the years, I have been able to do a small part in helping the touring Tibetan Monks from several monasteries while they visit the south Florida area. There is such joy in this effort and I am grateful for these opportunities to spend time with the Tibetan monks.

Please spare some moments to travel through the many photos and memories of time spent with the monk tours and other Tibetan events in my following web pages. Through this doorway may more sentient beings come to discover the Dharma.

photo by Larry Sanborn

Kalachakra For World Peace - No photos were permitted during teachings but I managed to take these few after the event.

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Janghab ChortemTibetan Cultural Centerwww.tibetancc.comKalachakra StupaTeaching TentButter and Barley Tormas for Kalachakra(right to left) Venerable Lobsang Dhargyal from Namgyal Monastery in Dharmsala, India, Risha, Chistine Arlington (in rear)
Janghab ChortemTibetan Cultural Centerwww.tibetancc.com
Janghab Chortem Tibetan Cultural Center www.tibetancc.com
Kalachakra Stupa
Kalachakra Stupa
Teaching Tent
Teaching Tent
Butter and Barley Tormas for Kalachakra
Butter and Barley Tormas for Kalachakra
(right to left) Venerable Lobsang Dhargyal from Namgyal Monastery in Dharmsala, India, Risha, Chistine Arlington (in rear)
(right to left) Venerable Lobsang Dhargyal from Namgyal Monastery in Dharmsala, India, Risha, Chistine Arlington (in rear)
Kalachakra Mandala
Kalachakra Mandala

The Kalachakra For World Peace

August 1999 Tibetan Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana

I attended the 12 day Kalachakra event during a time of great upheaval in my life. I intended to sit alone in the back rows and just listen to H.H. The Dalai Lama give his teachings but by the first afternoon I felt compelled to volunteer for one of the many jobs that needed filling. I signed up for garbage duty and was told to meet the work coordinator in the teaching tent later that afternoon for my job assignment. To my great surprise they assigned me to help guests find their seats and then stand in the aisle as added security. I was happy to comply. By the next morning I was pulled aside and asked if I would be willing to be part of the stage crew that tended to the Dalai Lama's monks and helped with anything the Dalai Lama may need. Once the DSS agents checked my background I was absolutely delighted to take my place in such an honored position. I kept a journal of my Kalachakra experience and I am glad I did as there were so many unusual events that took place during my 12 days at TCC. Many of these events I still cannot explain with simple logic.

photo by Larry Sanborn

H. H. The Dalai Lama and Volunteer Group

H.H. Dalai Lama surrounded by a few of the volunteers at the 1999 Kalachakra in Bloomington, Indiana. (I am the lucky lady on the left holding his hand with his arm around my shoulder!)

Mystical Arts of Tibet at The Lyric Theatre in Stuart, Florida
Mystical Arts of Tibet at The Lyric Theatre in Stuart, Florida

The Drepung-Loseling Monks MYSTICAL ARTS OF TIBET World Tour 2000

Drepung Loseling monks at the Lyric Theatre in Stuart, Florida.

Having worked with senior, Namgyal, monks in August 1999 I was understandably nervous about protocols for a six day event in Stuart with the famous Drepung-Loseling monks. I called my friend, Mary, and asked her the best way to address each monk properly if I did not know individual names.

Her answer gave me my first clue as to the good nature of Tibetan monks. "Ask their name," she advised.

"They will tell you a name you will no doubt have difficulty pronouncing let alone remembering, so in a pinch I would just say, excuse me, monk in red robe, then you will have everyone's attention and you can talk to the monk you want."

The following are just a small taste of events that occurred during my time with the visiting monks.

photo by Risha

The Mystical Arts Of Tibet - Photos courtesy of Drepung-Loseling

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Phuntsok Tsondue, Lobsang Tenzin, Tenzin Legdup,Tenzin Legden, G Dakpa Tenzin, G Dakpa Kalsang, G Thupten Jamyang, Lobsang Tsultrim, Ngawang Tsultrim
Phuntsok Tsondue, Lobsang Tenzin, Tenzin Legdup,Tenzin Legden, G Dakpa Tenzin, G Dakpa Kalsang, G Thupten Jamyang, Lobsang Tsultrim, Ngawang Tsultrim
Phuntsok Tsondue, Lobsang Tenzin, Tenzin Legdup,Tenzin Legden, G Dakpa Tenzin, G Dakpa Kalsang, G Thupten Jamyang, Lobsang Tsultrim, Ngawang Tsultrim
Offering for Mandala
Offering for Mandala

Monk Planning - The Opening Ceremony.

Wishing to follow protocols as much as possible in my blundering way, I brought a kata (greeting scarf) on the day the monks arrived. The hellos went rather smoothly but we were running late, so back in the van they packed and off we drove to The Treasure Coast Mall. Things were moving along only slightly behind schedule when their spokesman, Tenzin, approached me saying they needed fresh fruit and flowers for the opening offering in 5 minutes. Off I dashed in my not so trusty Volvo to the nearest quickie stop across U.S.#1, and with amazing luck they carried flowers and fresh fruit. Back I flew in just under 7 minutes, with no casualties along the way.

Throughout the next six days I learned to think fast on my feet as the monks are on "monk time" and do not plan too far ahead.

A valuable lesson on living in the moment, and truly "being in the here and now".

photo by Risha

Drepung-Loseling Monks - photos by Risha, Alesia Peirson and Dr. Dao Le

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On stage at the Lyric TheatreMonks debate on stageNgawang Tsultrim backstage at the LyricWorking on mandalaNgawang and RishaMonks giving me a gift at closing ceremonyClosing ceremony for mandalaGeshe Dakpa Kalsang closing sand mandalaDr. Dao Le and Risha leading the monks out of the Treasure Coast MallMy daughter Alesia behind me in the monks vanRisha leading monks to the river for ceremonyDrepung -Loseling Monks, Tenzin, Alesia and meDrepung-Loseling Monks at Hobe Sound Beach having funDinner at Dr. Le's
On stage at the Lyric Theatre
On stage at the Lyric Theatre
Monks debate on stage
Monks debate on stage
Ngawang Tsultrim backstage at the Lyric
Ngawang Tsultrim backstage at the Lyric
Working on mandala
Working on mandala
Ngawang and Risha
Ngawang and Risha
Monks giving me a gift at closing ceremony
Monks giving me a gift at closing ceremony
Closing ceremony for mandala
Closing ceremony for mandala
Geshe Dakpa Kalsang closing sand mandala
Geshe Dakpa Kalsang closing sand mandala
Dr. Dao Le and Risha leading the monks out of the Treasure Coast Mall
Dr. Dao Le and Risha leading the monks out of the Treasure Coast Mall
My daughter Alesia behind me in the monks van
My daughter Alesia behind me in the monks van
Risha leading monks to the river for ceremony
Risha leading monks to the river for ceremony
Drepung -Loseling Monks, Tenzin, Alesia and me
Drepung -Loseling Monks, Tenzin, Alesia and me
Drepung-Loseling Monks at Hobe Sound Beach having fun
Drepung-Loseling Monks at Hobe Sound Beach having fun
Dinner at Dr. Le's
Dinner at Dr. Le's

Smell for the camera & Waste not, want not.- Geshe's big fish.

Having dinner with The Drepung-Loseling monks at Peacock Chinese Restaurant in Stuart, FL
Having dinner with The Drepung-Loseling monks at Peacock Chinese Restaurant in Stuart, FL

SMELL FOR THE CAMERA.

During dinner on the first night my tea cup never once got below two thirds full. The Monks, it seems, are very fond of filling up tea cups. About the time I was on my fourteenth cup of tea, the young monk across the table from me began playing around with my camera, jokingly pointing it around the room saying "sea-mell". I figured I was learning the Tibetan word for smile. Suddenly, another monk responded, "You dumb monk, it is smile, you saying smell", and he laughed and mockingly held his nose. Dinners were always a time to test their English skills and we had a lot of laughs with some of the results.

I even tried to learn a little of the Tibetan language, but clearly, the young monks were far more skilled than I at learning quickly.

WASTE NOT, WANT NOT- GESHE'S BIG FISH

One evening at dinner, Geshe-la decided to have "Just a little fish" instead of the usual bowl of noodle soup. As the rest of us were finishing our meals, Geshe-la's fish was just arriving. It was the size of "Shamu" topped with a mountain of vegetables. The shocked look on Geshe-la's face was priceless. About that time, Tenzin chirps in with "Check please, we'll pick him up in the morning."

Not only did Geshe-la take the big fish back to his hotel room in a box that night, but he carried it with him most of the next day, and ate it for breakfast and lunch.

Naturally, we all teased him and who could resist asking him if he wanted fish for dinner again that night.

The good humor and kind hearts of these young monks are remarkable. I enjoyed every single minute I spent with them and felt a huge hole in my heart on the day they departed. I am ever grateful for this rare and wonderful opportunity.

For more information and a tour schedule visit: www.mysticalartsoftibet.org

Drepung-Loseling Monks In Washington D.C. - Smithsonian Folklife Festival - June 30 through July 4, 2000

Meeting with H.H. Ganden Tri Rinpoche
Meeting with H.H. Ganden Tri Rinpoche

I joined the Drepung-Loseling Monks Tour in Washington D.C. to enjoy the Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2000 and witness a speech by H.H. The Dalai Lama on the National Mall. While in D.C. I had the very great honor of meeting The Dalai Lama's teacher, H.H. Ganden Tri Rinpoche and being invited to a special dinner given for the monks and Tibetan singing talent, Ani Choying Drolma. I also joined the March to Free Tibet through the streets of D.C. and around the World Bank and ending at the Chinese embassy.

Drepung-Loseling Monks In Washington D.C. - Photos by Risha, Dr.Dao Le and Vicky Caulfield

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Risha receiving kata from H.H. Ganden Tri RinpocheMarching for a Free TibetDinner with the Drepung-Loseling Monks and Ani Choying DrolmaRisha and Ngawang Tsultrim at the Washington MonumentEnjoying an evening at the Folklife Festival with Ngawang TsultrimDrepung-Loseling monks on stage at the National MallSacred art at Folklife FestivalStupa at Folklife FestivalThree dimensional Kalachakra at Folklife FestivalNgawang on stage on the National MallDrepung-Loseling monks on the jumbo-tronPerformance tent in Tibet display on National Mall
Risha receiving kata from H.H. Ganden Tri Rinpoche
Risha receiving kata from H.H. Ganden Tri Rinpoche
Marching for a Free Tibet
Marching for a Free Tibet
Dinner with the Drepung-Loseling Monks and Ani Choying Drolma
Dinner with the Drepung-Loseling Monks and Ani Choying Drolma
Risha and Ngawang Tsultrim at the Washington Monument
Risha and Ngawang Tsultrim at the Washington Monument
Enjoying an evening at the Folklife Festival with Ngawang Tsultrim
Enjoying an evening at the Folklife Festival with Ngawang Tsultrim
Drepung-Loseling monks on stage at the National Mall
Drepung-Loseling monks on stage at the National Mall
Sacred art at Folklife Festival
Sacred art at Folklife Festival
Stupa at Folklife Festival
Stupa at Folklife Festival
Three dimensional Kalachakra at Folklife Festival
Three dimensional Kalachakra at Folklife Festival
Ngawang on stage on the National Mall
Ngawang on stage on the National Mall
Drepung-Loseling monks on the jumbo-tron
Drepung-Loseling monks on the jumbo-tron
Performance tent in Tibet display on National Mall
Performance tent in Tibet display on National Mall

The Drepung-Tehor Monks Tour 2000 - August 2000 and October 2000

Drepung-Tehor Monks Tour
Drepung-Tehor Monks Tour

Acharya Pasang Gelek, Geshe Tsepak Dorjee, Tulku Jampa Rinpoche, Geshe Pema Norbu, Lobsang Thenley, Mr.Lobsang Ngodup ( tour driver ) not available for photo: Geshe Sonam Thonndup

North Palm Beach, FL August 2000..photo by Risha

DREPUNG-TEHOR TOUR

The first thing that comes to mind when I am asked about Tibetan monks is gentleness. Never have I encountered such an abundance of this quality in any single group of people. Yet, they are able to withstand great hardships. With a grueling schedule, the Drepung-Tehor Monks Tour will travel across America for six months before this tour ends.

The Geshe's (doctorate of divinity) all have air mattresses for those times when a bed is just not available.

They are in town to teach and to create a sand mandala, an intricate piece of spiritual art made with very fine colored sand sifted through special pointed tubes (chakpu's). It's beauty is always cause for amazement from onlookers, especially when it becomes known that no sooner is the mandala complete it will be ceremoniously destroyed.....a lesson on impermanence.

Their goal in this endeavor is to raise funds for their monastery through donations they collect while on tour, but also to raise awareness of their culture....

The Tibetan culture, which continues to be under threat of annihilation from communist Chinese occupation over 40 years ago.

Tibet is one of the most ancient and splendorous cultures on earth. Countless tales have emerged through the centuries of this Shangri-La nestled high in the most remote regions of the Himalayan mountains.

We may be the last generation to witness this culture in it's full glory, as those who hold the memories of their once free homeland pass on to the Buddha fields.

DONATIONS MAY BE SENT TO:

Drepung-Loseling Monastery

Lama Camp 2

P.O. Tibetan Colony 581411

Photo by Risha

Drepung-Tehor Monks Tour - Photos by Risha and Dr.Dao Le

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Shrine of Avalokiteshvara. Ft.Pierce, FloridaOctober 2000Pasang Gelek repairing the Avalokiteshvara mandala at Treasure Coast Mall. Jensen Beach, FloridaOctober 2000..photo by RishaOffering for sand mandalaOctober 2000..photo by RishaCompleted sand mandalaRisha and Pasang GelekOctober 2000Pasang Gelek,G Sonam Thondup, Anh Tuyet Le,Tulku Jampa Rinpoche,Dr.Le Mom,Dr.Le, G Pema Norbu, Risha, G Tsepak Dorjee,Thich HanhTuan,LobsangThenleyCooking dinnerGeshe Sonam Thondup, Risha, Tulku Jampa RinpocheRisha & Pasang GelekSacred wordsAn offering at Avolokiteshvara shrineChanting prayersDr. Le's family shrineVenerable Thich Hanh Tuan ( center ) Anh Tuyet Le ( right ) Risha ( left )Large Thangka adorns the wall in Avalokiteshvara shrineLetter of thanks sent to me from Drepung-Tehor Monastery in India
Shrine of Avalokiteshvara. Ft.Pierce, FloridaOctober 2000
Shrine of Avalokiteshvara. Ft.Pierce, Florida October 2000
Pasang Gelek repairing the Avalokiteshvara mandala at Treasure Coast Mall. Jensen Beach, FloridaOctober 2000..photo by Risha
Pasang Gelek repairing the Avalokiteshvara mandala at Treasure Coast Mall. Jensen Beach, Florida October 2000..photo by Risha
Offering for sand mandalaOctober 2000..photo by Risha
Offering for sand mandala October 2000..photo by Risha
Completed sand mandala
Completed sand mandala
Risha and Pasang GelekOctober 2000
Risha and Pasang Gelek October 2000
Pasang Gelek,G Sonam Thondup, Anh Tuyet Le,Tulku Jampa Rinpoche,Dr.Le Mom,Dr.Le, G Pema Norbu, Risha, G Tsepak Dorjee,Thich HanhTuan,LobsangThenley
Pasang Gelek,G Sonam Thondup, Anh Tuyet Le,Tulku Jampa Rinpoche,Dr.Le Mom,Dr.Le, G Pema Norbu, Risha, G Tsepak Dorjee,Thich HanhTuan,LobsangThenley
Cooking dinner
Cooking dinner
Geshe Sonam Thondup, Risha, Tulku Jampa Rinpoche
Geshe Sonam Thondup, Risha, Tulku Jampa Rinpoche
Risha & Pasang Gelek
Risha & Pasang Gelek
Sacred words
Sacred words
An offering at Avolokiteshvara shrine
An offering at Avolokiteshvara shrine
Chanting prayers
Chanting prayers
Dr. Le's family shrine
Dr. Le's family shrine
Venerable Thich Hanh Tuan ( center ) Anh Tuyet Le ( right ) Risha ( left )
Venerable Thich Hanh Tuan ( center ) Anh Tuyet Le ( right ) Risha ( left )
Large Thangka adorns the wall in Avalokiteshvara shrine
Large Thangka adorns the wall in Avalokiteshvara shrine
Letter of thanks sent to me from Drepung-Tehor Monastery in India
Letter of thanks sent to me from Drepung-Tehor Monastery in India

Incident In The Lake

Tulku Jampa Rinpoche
Tulku Jampa Rinpoche

One of the most humorous moments with the Drepung-Tehor Monks Tour was when Tulku Jampa Rinpoche, Acharya Pasang Gelek, Mrs. Anh Tuyet Le and I went out in a little peddle boat in the lake behind the shrine. Mrs. Le and I were at the helm of the boat and unable to effectively steer or peddle once we left shore due to the fact that we were lighter than our passengers and their collective weight in the rear of the boat caused the rudder and paddle mechanism to rise out of the water. This also caused the rear of the boat to take on water, resulting in our two monk passengers getting a little wet and nervously voicing encouragement for our return to shore. Mrs. Le and I were laughing so hard at our futile attempts that we couldn't coordinate our efforts. Poor Passang and Rinpoche were nearly climbing over the seats trying to keep from sinking with the rear of the little vessel. This only caused us to laugh even more. After several strenuous efforts we finally made it back to the shore. I don't think Rinpoche started laughing until he was safely back on dry land.

I sure wish I could have gotten a photo!

October 2000..photo by Risha

TASHI LHUNPO 2002 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR - December 1 & 2, 2002

Tashi Lhunpo Monks
Tashi Lhunpo Monks

Seven monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery came for their first tour of south Florida to do a "Cham" performance.

(pictured left to right) Venerable Dorjee, Venerable Dawa, Nguchul Rinpoche, Ali Rinpoche, Kachen Lobzang, Venerable Sogyal, Venerable Palden, (not in photo: Translator, Lobsang and driver, Raymond)

Tashi Lhunpo Tour - photos by Risha

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Relaxing at Alejandro and Risha's house before the "Cham".Black Hat DanceSkeleton DanceMudrasGuardian of the god of deathDebateYak and DeerDedicationMeditation
Relaxing at Alejandro and Risha's house before the "Cham".
Relaxing at Alejandro and Risha's house before the "Cham".
Black Hat Dance
Black Hat Dance
Skeleton Dance
Skeleton Dance
Mudras
Mudras
Guardian of the god of death
Guardian of the god of death
Debate
Debate
Yak and Deer
Yak and Deer
Dedication
Dedication
Meditation
Meditation

Saying good-bye (kah-leh-phe) to the Tashi Lhunpo monks.

Tashi Lhunpo Monks
Tashi Lhunpo Monks

Too quickly our time had passed with the kind and gentle monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

We are grateful to have shared some time with them.

(also pictured with the monks is (left) Raymond the driver, (center) Lobsang the translator and (right) Risha & Alejandro

The Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is the seat of the Panchen Lama who is presently being held as the youngest political prisoner by communist China.

The monastery is in much need of our support for such basic needs as school construction projects, food, a prayer hall and access road.

Donations may be sent to:

TASHI LHUNPO MONASTERY

Bank account # C&1/6, Code # 4545

State Bank of Mysore, L.S.T.S. Branch Bylakuppe

For more information and tour schedule visit: www.tashilhunpo.org

Drepung Gomang MonksTour - January 5,6,7,8, 2004

Drepung Gomang MonksTour
Drepung Gomang MonksTour

I was honored to host the Drepung-Gomang monks in our home as they awaited their performance at Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida. I drove them in their van to have a day of fun and recreation at Ocean Ridge Hammock, Boynton Beach and later we returned to the house to have dinner, watch movies and relax.

For more information and tour schedule visit:

www.gomang.org

Drepung-Gomang Monks Tour 2004 - Photos by Risha with two final interior group shots by Piper student

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Puja ceremony in our homeMonks performing Puja ceremony in our homeMonks visiting the beachDrepung-Gomang Monks enjoying the beachWhile some monks went swimming others had fun feeding the seagullsFeeding the birdsFeeding the seagullsMonks having fun in the ocean.Protected from the sunHaving lunch prepared by the students at Piper High SchoolOffering for the sand mandalaCreating the sand mandalaSlowly the mandala emergesTiny grains of colored sand sift through tubes to construct the sand mandalaThe completed sand mandalaDrepung-Gomang Monks with a few of the students and their teacher, Jackie DowneyDrepung-Gomang Monks with Jackie Downey and Risha
Puja ceremony in our home
Puja ceremony in our home
Monks performing Puja ceremony in our home
Monks performing Puja ceremony in our home
Monks visiting the beach
Monks visiting the beach
Drepung-Gomang Monks enjoying the beach
Drepung-Gomang Monks enjoying the beach
While some monks went swimming others had fun feeding the seagulls
While some monks went swimming others had fun feeding the seagulls
Feeding the birds
Feeding the birds
Feeding the seagulls
Feeding the seagulls
Monks having fun in the ocean.
Monks having fun in the ocean.
Protected from the sun
Protected from the sun
Having lunch prepared by the students at Piper High School
Having lunch prepared by the students at Piper High School
Offering for the sand mandala
Offering for the sand mandala
Creating the sand mandala
Creating the sand mandala
Slowly the mandala emerges
Slowly the mandala emerges
Tiny grains of colored sand sift through tubes to construct the sand mandala
Tiny grains of colored sand sift through tubes to construct the sand mandala
The completed sand mandala
The completed sand mandala
Drepung-Gomang Monks with a few of the students and their teacher, Jackie Downey
Drepung-Gomang Monks with a few of the students and their teacher, Jackie Downey
Drepung-Gomang Monks with Jackie Downey and Risha
Drepung-Gomang Monks with Jackie Downey and Risha

Drepung-Loseling Mystical Arts Of Tibet Tour - March 2006 in Stuart, Florida

Drepung-Loseling Monks Tour 2006
Drepung-Loseling Monks Tour 2006

I was asked by John, the executive director of the Lyric Theatre, if I would host another tour of the Drepung-Loseling Monks. This time they would be creating a sand mandala at The Blake Library as well as performing at The Lyric Theatre. The monks and I were given rooms at a nearby motel and I spent six wonderful days enjoying their company as I took them to breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Best of all, my children were able to join us on many days and had a lot of fun with the monks.

Drepung-Loseling Tour 2006 - Photos by Risha and group shot with kids by Drepung-Loseling monk

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Backstage at the LyricBackstage getting ready to performBackstage getting readyBackstageBackstageOn stage at the Lyric TheatreOn stage at the Lyric TheatreBackstage at the Blake LibraryOn stage at Blake LibraryMandala instruments and sandCreating the sand mandalaThe delicate work of creating a sand mandalaSome detail of sand mandalaCompleted mandala. The monks let me pick the sand mandala they should construct so I picked the Medicine Buddha to help heal the Indian River Lagoon.Items for saleDinner at Marios with the monksDinner timeThree of my children and me with the monks. Alex, Alesia & Aria. Aria is wearing elf ears which the monks found very funny!Destroying the mandala as viewed on the jumbo screenCeremony to disperse the sand in the river
Backstage at the Lyric
Backstage at the Lyric
Backstage getting ready to perform
Backstage getting ready to perform
Backstage getting ready
Backstage getting ready
Backstage
Backstage
Backstage
Backstage
On stage at the Lyric Theatre
On stage at the Lyric Theatre
On stage at the Lyric Theatre
On stage at the Lyric Theatre
Backstage at the Blake Library
Backstage at the Blake Library
On stage at Blake Library
On stage at Blake Library
Mandala instruments and sand
Mandala instruments and sand
Creating the sand mandala
Creating the sand mandala
The delicate work of creating a sand mandala
The delicate work of creating a sand mandala
Some detail of sand mandala
Some detail of sand mandala
Completed mandala. The monks let me pick the sand mandala they should construct so I picked the Medicine Buddha to help heal the Indian River Lagoon.
Completed mandala. The monks let me pick the sand mandala they should construct so I picked the Medicine Buddha to help heal the Indian River Lagoon.
Items for sale
Items for sale
Dinner at Marios with the monks
Dinner at Marios with the monks
Dinner time
Dinner time
Three of my children and me with the monks. Alex, Alesia & Aria. Aria is wearing elf ears which the monks found very funny!
Three of my children and me with the monks. Alex, Alesia & Aria. Aria is wearing elf ears which the monks found very funny!
Destroying the mandala as viewed on the jumbo screen
Destroying the mandala as viewed on the jumbo screen
Ceremony to disperse the sand in the river
Ceremony to disperse the sand in the river

Walk For A Free Tibet 2004

Walk For A Free Tibet
Walk For A Free Tibet

The I.T.I.M. "Free Tibet" walk from Delray Beach to Miami Beach. September 20 through 22, 2004

Coinciding with H.H. The Dalai Lama's visit to south Florida, The International Tibet Independence Movement hosted " A March for Tibet's Independence".

Led by the Dalai Lama's nephew Jigme Norbu, Ani Kelsang Palmo, Yeshi Gyatlsen, Tenzin Dranyl and Doug Herman as driver/coordinator.

The group walked 55+ miles in the wet, windy weather left by hurricanes Ivan and Frances to foster an awareness of the human rights abuses and atrocities occurring in Tibet.

Sadly on February 2011 during another walk about 25 miles south of St. Augustine, Fl on State Highway A1A the Dalai Lama's nephew, Jigme Norbu, was killed when he was struck by a car. We have lost a true champion for A Free Tibet.

(Jigme holds the yellow sign on the right side of the photo)

photo by Risha

My Local Dharma Centers and Precious Teachers

My local Dharma Centers
My local Dharma Centers

I am lucky to have two nearby Dharma Centers with some outstanding Tibetan monk teachers.

Padmasambhava Palm Beach Dharma Center in Lake Worth (Nyingma tradition) - www.pbdc.net

and

Tubten Kunga Center in Deerfield Beach (Gelugpa tradition) - www.tubtenkunga.org

Khenchen Rinpoche & Lama Chimed
Khenchen Rinpoche & Lama Chimed

In Memoriam

Lama Chimed Namgyal and his son and our precious teacher, Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche.

Special Thanks

I wish to thank all the good people who helped make these events possible, your hard work and loving kindness will always be remembered.

After working with a number of tours, the Tibetan monks have become like family to me and I continue to correspond with many of them. If you or anyone you know would like to host the monks, please contact me at :

Rishalinda@msn.com

THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY WEB SITE. MAY YOU HAVE GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPINESS ALWAYS.

With Joyful Effort and Love in Dharma,

Risha Linda Mateos

( Pema Kunsal )

Information about Tibet

Seven Years In Tibet
Seven Years In Tibet

A wonderful movie that will give you an idea of Tibet before Chinese invasion. Based on the book and true life story of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer. A must see!

 
Kundun
Kundun

Amazing depiction of the life of the Dalai Lama. Beautiful and thought provoking. A must see!

 
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion
Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

A view of the current situation in Tibet. For anyone interested in the struggle for human rights that still continues today this is an eye opener.

 
Return to Tibet: Tibet After the Chinese Occupation
Return to Tibet: Tibet After the Chinese Occupation

The Author of "Seven Years in Tibet" returns to Tibet after the Chinese invasion.

 

Tibetan Buddhism - A List Of Good Books on Tibetan Buddhism

More Information on Tibetan Buddhism - Kalachakra

For those of you who might want to learn more about the Kalachakra.

Your comments and questions are always welcome

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