Tibetan Monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India
Newport, OR: April 25,26,27 7-9PM each evening
Samaritan Center for Health Education: 740 SW 9th St Newport, OR
Gaden Shartse Monastic College is situated amid lush green hills and jungle in the remote countryside of southern India. It was founded in 1969 after the monks were exiled from China in the “Cultural Revolution”; they made an effort to re-establish one of the great monastic traditions of Tibet.
Today the college is at the forefront of the revival of Tibetan Monastic education, with more than 1600 resident students, teachers, scholars, and spiritual practitioners. More than 70% of the members are between the ages of 10 and 25 and 80% of these were born in Tibet. To this day, young monks arrive at the Monastery weekly from Tibet, seeking shelter and education.
Due to the success of the academic program and the quality of the teachers at the monastery, Gaden Shartse has established a reputation as being the leader in the field of Buddhist and Tibetan studies.
Purpose of the Tour
The purpose of the Phukhang tour is to share with all people the monks’ culture, as well as practices and paths to inner peace and compassion.
Accomplishments of previous tours have provided funds for construction of new buildings at Gaden Shartse, including the new debate hall.
Additional funds raised by past tours have supported medical needs, teachers’ salaries and the day to day expenses of supporting the monastery. This success is due to the help and generosity of those who support the tours.
Lecture Series: Free and open to the public. Donations suggested.
Monday April 25: Care For the Sick and Dying
Tuesday April 26: Varavidharan Purification & Healing
Wednesday April 27: Spirituality & Everyday Life