Gaden Shartse in Grand Junction: Buddhist Monks Visit Aug. 16-20

The Art Center is thrilled to welcome back monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastic College in Mundgod, Karnataka, India, this August for the creation of a sand mandala as well as several educational programs. Visitors are encouraged to come watch as the monks complete a Green Tara mandala. Green Tara is a devi, or celestial being, whom Tibetan Buddhists revere as a Bodhisattva of Compassion. Brightly-colored grains of sand are used to depict the four gates to her mansion and other features such as mythical treasures and animals.

Art Center hours Aug. 16-20: 11am-6pm Wednesday-Friday, 9am-4pm Saturday and Sunday (regular $3 admission for non-members). Special programs listed below:

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7pm: About Gaden Shartse
Location: KAFM Radio Room (1310 Ute Ave. in Grand Junction)

Thursday, Aug. 17, 7:30pm: Vajravidarin Healing Ritual
Location: Koinonia Church (730 25 Rd. in Grand Junction)

Friday, Aug. 18, 7:30pm: Interactive Discussion with Monks
Location: Art Center

Saturday, Aug. 19, 11am-12:30pm: Butter Sculpture Workshop
Location: Art Center

Saturday, Aug. 19, 7pm: Tara Puja
Location: Movement Therapies Studio (201 W Park Dr. in Grand Junction)

Sunday, Aug. 20, 2pm: Closing Ceremony
Location: Art Center

Sunday, Aug. 20, 7pm: Lecture on Climate Change and the Six Delusions
Location: Movement Therapies Studio (201 W Park Dr. in Grand Junction)

This visit is part of a larger tour that serves as a fundraiser for the monastery, helping it maintain its temples, classrooms, library, and grounds, as well as support its over 1000 students.

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