BREAKING NEWS! Steamboat has one extra day with the monks!

Locals wonder…did the monks catch the Yampa Valley Curse?

They’ve certainly come to adore our open-heartedness!

The monks have decided to briefly extend their Steamboat visit in order to hold a free one-hour Medicine Buddha “puja,” a healing ceremony, for the community. It will be at noon, Thursday (Aug. 19) in Library Hall.

Healing ceremony with the Drepung Loseling monks
TOMORROW…Thursday, August 19
Noon
Library Hall
Free!

The Medicine Buddha...part of Thursday's surprise healing ceremony by the Drepung Loseling monks in Library Hall

The renowned monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery will perform a ceremony of healing through meditation and chants associated with the Medicine Buddha.  This Buddha is the embodiment of the enlightened healing principle.  Participation in this timeless and ancient Tibetan ceremony helps to activate one’s inherent healing potential that promotes physical, emotional and spiritual well being as well as environmental and global healing.

The healing music associated with the Medicine Buddha is perhaps the most popular with all Central Asians as a means of establishing individual wellness. Most monasteries perform this rite at least once a month in order to ensure the health and happiness of the surrounding community. In addition, an individual suffering from illness will often request monks or nuns to come to his or her house to perform the rite as a means of personal healing.  The healing powers of the rite are channeled from the divine sphere into the mundane world of the individual by means of music, meditation, mantra and mudra, or “finger dance.”

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~ by steamboatlibrary on August 18, 2010.

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