Sacred Arts of the Himalaya Region
While art is typically used to express an individual’s emotions and feelings, Himalayan sacred art, through painting, sculpting, chanting, dance, etc. is used to dissolve ignorance, ego and self-cherishing by manifesting wisdom and compassion through meticulous ritual.
The Ngari Khangtsen monks from the Sera Monastery in South India will be touring Europe one more time from 22 September to 17 December, sharing their unique culture and their Buddhist activities. They will perform sacred dances known as Cham during both of their cultural performances (Breath of Ngari and Three Tales of Ngari). The monks will create sand mandalas, chant traditional prayers, or perform various rituals in order to eliminate obstacles and accumulate merits to achieve peace and prosperity. This year, we will be screening Little Monk to raise awareness about the daily lives of young monks in Ngari Khangsten.
Aims of the 2018 Himalayan Sacred Arts for Peace Tour
During this tour, the monks will be offering their skills to private individuals as well as to institutions interested in Buddhist activities or engaged in the preservation of Himalayan art and culture.
‘‘The ultimate aim of these Buddhist practices of the Great Vehicle is to benefit sentient beings. By introducing these sacred arts in a non-sectarian way, we hope to reach a greater audience in order to manifest the wisdom and compassion of the Himalayan culture with the world. Thus, our main purpose is to share and promote the wisdom and spirituality of the Himalayan people.
Other aims of this tour are to raise funds to build a new library, and as always, to raise funds for the daily necessities of our monks in South India. Our khangtsen is responsible for providing housing, clean water, medical treatments which are not provided by the Sera Jey Health Care Committee, and educational material for our monks and for this, we are reliant on the generosity of sponsors.
The bound duty of the Ngari people
His Holiness the Dalai Lama reminded the people of the Himalayan Regions of their bound duty to make use of the freedom and opportunity to study and preserve Tibetan Buddhism, which he said is passing through a difficult phase in Tibet. ‘‘Since Tibetan Buddhism is a common religion followed by both Tibetans and the people living in Himalayan regions, the latter should make great efforts to preserve the whole set of teachings and commentaries of Buddha and the Nalanda Masters. I had information from Monastic Institutions from South Indian that students from the Himalayas are taking a great role in the preservation of Buddhism with some even teaching in Monasteries, which is very much appreciated by everyone.’’
Les amis du khangtsène de Ngari – Friends of Ngari Khangtsen
Created 25th of May 2013, the nonprofit organisation called ‘Les amis du khangtsen de Ngari’ has as its objective to support projects of the Ngari khangtsen, Sera Je monastery in South India and has the permission from the Ngari Khangtsen Office, represented by M. Ngawang Tashi to raise funds in its name. To do this, the association makes efforts to collect funds from individual sponsors, private people and different other organizations.
Les amis du khangtsène de Ngari (chez M. et Mme Henry)
Bordeneuve , 81500 Marzens (France)