<div class="ExternalClassFAEC2A65098446CC9CD40CEB2EC27FB4"><p>​</p><div class="ExternalClassD14F2B2AF19E4437BB5B4E2E10B8E19D"><p> Three Tibetan monks based at the Jam Tse Dhargyey Ling monastery in New Zealand will arrive in the Mother City this week. They are here to bring an expression of compassion in an ancient and traditional form of Sand Mandala art at the V & A Waterfront and will attend a number of events in Cape Town throughout the month of February. </p><p>Tibetan Sand Mandala of Compassion Two of the monks; Ven. Geshe Jamyang Sherab and Ven. Karma Gyasey have been invited to construct an exquisitely detailed and highly elaborate colourful Chenrezig Sand Mandala from fine grains of coloured sand as an offering of love and compassion to the nation. </p><p> Members of the public are invited to view this ancient art-form as it takes shape during the two weeks from 11 to 23 February 2014 inside the Clock Tower Shopping Centre at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. </p><p>The creation of the Sand Mandala begins with an official traditional Opening Ceremony on Tuesday 11 Feb at 18:00, which is open to the public. It is believed that wherever mandalas are created, a healing of the surrounding environment and all living beings that reside there, takes place. </p><p>The monks consider our present age to be one of great need in this respect, and therefore are creating these mandalas where requested throughout the world. “The monks are pleased to be coming to Cape Town. It is their first visit to Africa and they look forward to being able to offer this mandala of compassion to the people,” says Kaari Schlebach, event manager. “They are touched by the outpouring of support from everyone involved in enabling the event to be offered free of any charge.” </p><p>The mandala construction process will be open to the public for free daily viewings from 12 to 22 February 2014 between 09:00 to 17:00.</p><p>The public are invited to come and watch the monks as they work and participate in any of the events. The closing ceremony, on Sunday 23 February 2014 from 15:00 to 17:00 is where the mandala is ceremonially dissolved and the blessed sand is gifted to the ocean, will also be open to the public.
“On completion the mandala sands are swept up and offered into the surrounding ocean where the waters carry healing energies based on love and compassion throughout the world,” says Kaari Schlebach. A facebook page: ‘Tibetan Sand Mandala & Events - Cape Town 2014’ has been set up where members of the public can keep track of events and changes as they come to hand. In addition to the construction of the mandala, spiritual master Ven. </p><p>Geshe Sangey Thinley will be leading several teachings and talks across Cape Town. These include: </p><p>· 9 February 10:00 to 16:30 Teachings by Geshe Sangey Thinley on 'How to overcome fears and cultivate a peaceful mind' at the Shamballah Tea House near Cape Point </p><p> · 9 February 18:00 The monks will be attending the screening of the movie: 'Wheel of Time' about the creation of a sacred mandala by Werner Herzog at the Labia on Orange and will be hosting a Q & A after the screening. For more details of the screening, please go to <a href="http://www.exploringconsciousness.org.za/"><font color="#02062b">www.exploringconsciousness.org.za</font></a> </p><p>· 15/16 February 10:00 to 16:30 Teachings by Geshe Sangey Thinley on "How to develop Compassion and transform problems" based on the ancient Indian text: "Eight Verses of Mind Transformation," at the Shamballah Tea House near Cape Point </p><p>· 19 February 19:00 Public Talk: “How to be Happy” by Geshe Sangey Thinley at the Clock Tower Shopping Centre </p><p>· 22 February 11:00 The monks to visit and bless Oranjesicht City Farm </p><p>· 1 March 18:00 Prayers for World Peace on the top of Table Mountain </p><p>· 2 March 11:00 Tibetan New Year Prayers and picnic in Kirstenbosch Gardens </p><p>For more information and the mandala or any of the events, please contact Kaari Schlebach: <a href="mailto:mandala@igrin.co.nz"><font color="#02062b">mandala@igrin.co.nz</font></a> or find the information on facebook.</p></div></div><img alt="" src="/sites/waterfrontcontent/News%20Images/Tibetan_Monk.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />2014-02-03T22:00:00Z



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