Eight Tibetan monks bring a moving insight into the world of sacred music and monastic dance with a performance that includes contemplative and mesmerising chants of Buddhist texts and mantras plus majestic, brocade-costumed, masked dances. Ancient musical instruments from the Tibetan Tantric tradition are used: the conch-shell trumpet, horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums and meditation bells. In addition the powerful sound of the majestic dungchen or long horns is accompanied by cymbals, bells and drums, evoking the atmosphere of sacred Tibet. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience a unique and endangered culture.
"…a psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals…" The Times
In addition to the main evening performance (paid ticket entry) there will be free workshops hosted by the monks on both Saturday 4th June in the daytime, and also on Sunday 5th in the am and pm.
SAND MANDALA WORKSHOPS on Sat 4th June from 2pm to 4pm in the Hall Auditorium. Free admission. (These will follow the mandala dedication ceremony at 11am. From 11am the monks will be making the mandala and are happy to have observers). The actual workshops will be ongoing throughout the afternoon from 2-4pm. These give an opportunity to meet the Tibetan monks, who will introduce you to sand mandala making — 'painting' with coloured grains of ground marble — the printing of prayer flags and the delicate art of butter sculpture. You can learn some Tibetan language or make a dukar wheel which will be blessed by the monks to offer protection from negative influences. Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, now re-established in exile in India. The workshops enable you to learn more about an ancient, endangered culture.
SAND MANDALA DESTRUCTION Sunday 5th June starting 9.30pm (meditation, procession and destruction ceremony finishing by 11am) with a PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP (12.30pm to 2pm) in the Hall Auditorium. Free admission. In the interactive workshop, the monks introduce details of the unique costumes worn in the dances of the Gutor Festival at Tibetan New Year, and invite you to learn a few of the steps. A demonstration and explanation of Taksel, the art of dialectical debate and teaching some of the intricate mudras (hand gestures) from Tantric prayer gives an insight into monastic life.
To buy tickets online for the Sat evening performance (10% booking fee) click here
Tickets for the Sat evening performance now in the Phoenix
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