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Sand Mandalas

Mandalas symbolically represent the palaces of a specific Buddha, his entourage and his enlightened activities. Mandalas are created using colorful sand, with every aspect of the mandala having a symbolic meaning, nothing is arbitrary. For example, the Mandala of Avalokiteshvara comes from the tantric teachings of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni and can be described as being the residence of the Buddha of Compassion. 

The Mandala is used as a base to meditate on, invoke deities, make offerings and make requests to the Buddhas to spread their blessings and inspiration. Finally, the invited guests will return to their own abodes after which the mandala will be dissolved/destroyed and released into water (a river or lake). Some sand is kept and distributed to practitioners as a blessing. The Mandala is a method for bringing compassion and harmony into our world, through genuine practice, generated from a mind of great compassion unified with a mind of wisdom that realizes emptiness monks can meditate on the respective Buddhas and their respected qualities. Just to glimpse a Mandala is said to create a positive impression on the mind of visitors, inviting powerful healing forces and generate great blessings. 

The Ngari Khangtsen monks will draw the following mandalas:
Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) 
Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menlha)
Tara (Dolma) 
Elements (Leg Natso). 

Time needed: The opening ceremony, the creation and the dissolution of each mandala takes about five days, except for the mandala of the five elements (Leg Natso), which can be done in one day only. Other mandalas could possibly be done on request.
Minimum suggested donation: 10€/entrance during public event 500 € for a private event - 200 € for the Leg Natso Mandala.



Ngari Khangtsen monks will be creating ritual cakes (torma) made from roasted barley flour (tsam-pa) and offered during tantric rituals. Tormas are created in many different shapes and sizes, the deity and puja being performed dictates the style of torma used. Tormas are offered for many reasons, sometimes simply as an act of generosity, or to appease angry protectors, or even to bargain with other worldly beings.

Time needed: one hour.
Minimum suggested donation: 6€/entrance during public event, 250€ for a private event.


Rituals and Prayers (Shabten)

Cutting off the Truly Existent ‘I’ (Chöd)

The Tibetan Chöd translates as cutting, severing and/or dismemberment, terms to be understood mainly in a symbolic and/or psychological sense (as a radical liberation from one’s ego and all that it usually fears). The Chöd practice was inspired by the teachings of the Indian adept Phadampa Sangye (c. 1045-1117), and its adherents regard the Prajnaparamita Sutra as the school’s most important sacred text. 

Healing Chöd is an ancient Buddhist ritual known for its power to heal mental and physical sickness, remove karmic obstacles to spiritual growth, and address human suffering.

Time needed: this can be a short 15 min. puja performed also during ‘‘The Breath of Ngari’’.
Minimum suggested donation: 6€/entrance during public event, 250€ for a private event.


Prayers (Pujas)

Khangtsen monks can perform the following pujas:
Medicine Buddha (Sangye Menlha) for health and healing.
Cittamani Tara (Dolchok) for fulfilling wishes.
Hayagriva (Tam drin sang) for overcoming inner egotism and outer obstructions.
Seven Limb (Chutrul de ramne) for gaining merit.
Purification (Jab Thru) for removing obstacles or negative karma.
Prayers for the dead, for those who died in order to receiving a higher rebirth.

Other prayers may be considered upon requested.
Minimum suggested donation: depend upon the puja and the size of the audience.


Divinations (Mo)

Tibetan Buddhism is endowed with predictive methods (Mo) based on the power and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha. Even today, before taking important decisions or during periods of life transition Tibetans use these methods of divination. There are two popular methods of performing mo, one uses the throwing of dice and the other involves counting beads on a rosary. The power of these divinations is dependent on the meditational deity with which they are connected (Manjushri, Tara, Vajrapani, Paldhen Lhamo, the Five Dakinis). 

Question of almost any nature may be asked (question are usually associated to yes or no answers). After which the lama would offer a prognosis in which; pujas, prayer, or practices may be recommended in order to create a favorable outcome or resolve the problem at hand.

Time: about 15 mn.
Minimum suggested donation: 40€


Sutra recitations

Traditionally in Tibet and also these days people invite monks to their house to eliminate obstacles and to accumulate virtuous karma, in order to get positive results.
For this aim the Ngari khnagtsen monks can recite different buddhist scriptures, for example:

The Prajnaparamitasutra in 8000 verses: three monks recite for one day or one monk recites in three days :

Time needed: one to three days.
Minimal donation suggested: 350€ (plus food and lodging).

The Prajnaparamitasutra in 12 volumes: the recitation of this fundamental sutra eliminates obstacles and brings vast blessings. It is said that merely having a set of volumes of this text on one’s altar is a source of great benefit.

Time needed: six monks for four days.
Minimal donation suggested: 500€ (plus food and lodging).

The Golden Light Sutra: merely hearing this sutra brings numerous benefits (like avoiding rebirths in the lower realms, receiving help from higher beings, asf.) and purifies so much negative karma.

Time needed: one monk for four hours
Minimal donation suggested: 100€.

The Diamond Cutter Sutra: is one of the principal texts of the great vehicle and one of the most beneficial practices, as it explains how to cut the root of cyclic existence, the ignorance grasping at a true existence of persons and phenomena (although in reality they are ‘empty’ of such a mode of existence).

Time needed: one monk for about four hours.
Minimal donation suggested: 100€.


House and Workplace Blessing

Ngari Khangtsen monks will be available for private home and business blessing pujas to eliminate obstacles and bring posperity upon request. 

Time: about 30mn.
Minimum suggested donation: 120€.


Sand Mandala preparation

Chenrezig Mandala


The making of Tormas


Butter sculpture 

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