Spiritual Matters


Monks Revisit Church on Healing Mission

An earlier group of Tibetan monks in the Congregational Church sanctuary and the mandala they created. Photo by Ted Reckas.
The monks at work during a previous visit. Photo by Ted Reckas.

Neighborhood Congregational Church will host visiting Tibetan Buddhist Monks from India’s Drepung Gomang Monastery, Nov. 5-10, here to create an elaborate sand mandala and inspire peace.

The church welcomes them with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. The visit culminates at the 10 a.m. Sunday service with and procession to the beach for the mandala’s dissolution.

This year’s mandala is The Medicine Buddha Mandala, which represents individual and world healing, said Pam Wicks, the church’s music director, who helped organize the monk’s previous visits.

Evening activities include chanting for peace and a Chod puja, or healing ritual, on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m.; a Tibetan cultural pageant on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.; and a community meal cooked by the monks on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., all at the church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

During the monks’ visit, the sanctuary at will be open to the public between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to allow observation of the monks at work and in meditation.

More info: 949-494-8061.

An earlier group of Tibetan monks in the Congregational Church sanctuary and the mandala they created.

Each day people are invited to watch the Monks at work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact: Pam Wicks 949 573 7104, NCC 949 494 8061


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