UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State and the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development will host Tibetan Buddhist monks from Tashi Kyil Monastery for a week-long visit to University Park Oct. 22-26.
On Monday morning October 22, the monks will begin their work on a sand mandala in the garden room of the Pasquerilla spiritual center and will finish their work on Friday October 26. Visitors can stop by throughout the week to track their progress.
In addition to the sand mandala, the following programs will take place as part of the visit to room 124 of the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center:
- 6:30 p.m.: 45-minute Tibetan mantra meditation
- Noon: lunch debate co-sponsored by the Rock Ethics Institute (light lunch provided)
- 7 p.m.: plastic arts workshop with sand painting, butter sculpture and Mani stones
- 2:30 p.m.: 75-minute class discussion on mindfulness and mantra recitation
- 6:30 p.m.: skeleton, panda and black hat dances with explanations
- 2 p.m.: slide show on death and dying from the Buddhist point of view
Rachel Galloway, assistant director of the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development, said it is important to the center that students feel they can practice their faith in an open and safe environment.
“We also try to expose students to beliefs outside of their own so they can have a better understanding and appreciation of the world around them,” Galloway said.
The monks are currently on the Tashi Kyil’s visit to the United States, to teach the Dharma and educate the public about the culture and religion of Tibet while raising funds for their monastery. This is the fourth tour the monks have completed.
Galloway said students can expect to learn more about Buddhist beliefs and practices while also being able to observe various religious rituals.
Visit the Spiritual and Ethical Development Center website to learn more about the center and its efforts.