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Tibetan Monks open season at Lily Dale

The Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will present a performance Sunday consisting of a special puja for purification, prosperity and healing instead of the Sacred Dance.

The healing energy of the Tibetan Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery will help open the 143rd year of events and experiences at Lily Dale Assembly. The Mystical Arts of Tibet Tour in Lily Dale will take place from Saturday to Tuesday.

On Saturday, the Monks will begin to create a special sand Mandala in the Fire Hall at Lily Dale during the opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The Mandala is one of the tools the Monks use to re-consecrate the earth and all its inhabitants. A Buddhist Mandala is envisaged as a “sacred space,” and the theme will be the Medicine Buddha.

On Sunday, the Monks also will perform the a special puja from 8 to 9:30 p.m. It will be a spiritual ceremony of color, sound, ritual, chanting and prayer with the famed multiphonic singing and temple music. This event is performed to assist in developing well being and success for individuals and communities — a first time for Lily Dale.

During the closing ceremony, the Mandala will then be ceremoniously dismantled on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. when the Monks lead a procession through Lily Dale to the lake where the sand is poured into the flowing body of water dispersing the healing energies to flow and continue to all waters throughout the world. All participants will receive a small part of the sacred sand.

The Mystical Arts of Tibet Tour has three basic purposes: to make a contribution to world peace and healing, to generate a greater awareness of the endangered Tibetan civilization, and to raise support for the Tibetan refugee community in India.

Tickets will be required for the opening, closing events and sacred puja. For tickets go to www.lilydaleassembly.org or call 716-595- 8721.

Lily Dale Assembly, located on Cassadaga Lakes, is the world’s largest center for the science, philosophy and religion of spiritualism. This year’s season, which includes daily lectures cand classes, continues through Sept. 4.

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