Monks in the news!

Check out Mandala on the Yampa in the Steamboat Today. Here’s some more about the film that’s featured in the story:

And don’t forget…Blessings screens in Library Hall on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Blessings is a documentary film screening in honor of Mandala on the Yampa.
Thursday, August 12
6:30 p.m.
Library Hall
PLUS!
A Q&A with Steamboat resident Julie Green, who participated in the making of the film

About the film:
In the summer of 2005, renowned Buddhist teacher, Tsoknyi Rinpoche III, accompanied by a handful of Western students including local resident Julie Green, traveled to the Nangchen region in Eastern Tibet. The purpose of the trip was to document the lives and assess the needs of the Tsoknyi Nangchen nuns – 3,000 women who live and practice an ancient yogic tradition in nunneries and hermitages scattered across this remote, mountainous region. This is the story of their journey. Narrated by Richard Gere, the film explores the unique world of the nuns through the eyes of the Western women who visit them.

During the Cultural Revolution, all 40 nunneries of this thriving tradition were destroyed and the nuns scattered. Some returned to their nomadic homes, some were sent to work camps. Many didn’t survive. But a few retreated into caves to practice and wait. Twenty years later, this handful of remaining nuns emerged and began to rebuild. The film shows the reconstruction of the nunneries and explores the lives of the growing numbers of nuns who have come together and are now living and practicing together across Nangchen. The women speak about why they became nuns and what it is like to live a life dedicated to spiritual practice. The film shows the exchange between them and the Western women who have come to offer their help.

All donations at the door benefit the Tsoknyi Nangchen nuns.

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~ by steamboatlibrary on August 11, 2010.

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