|Peace Sand Mandala, Artscenter Carrboro, NC|
The closing ceremony for the Peace Sand Mandala was Saturday afternoon. There was a very nice crowd in attendance at the Artscenter and the community showed their support with donations and purchases of merchandise. The monastery will receive over $10,000 for this tour and 2000 monks will be very grateful for the donations.
Gerry, Wesley and I received Khatas and gifts from the monks. Here we are receiving a blessing from Geshe Jampha. It was a very special ceremony.
The Geshe asked Gerry to photograph the mandala and they would not move it until he arrived to take the photo. Three monks and one volunteer from the Dojo helped him up onto the pedestal they had arranged for him and held him so he wouldn't fall. If only everyone received the media this way. Usually Gerry is being pushed off a pedestal or yelled at by an over zealous security guard.
HERE is the schedule for the rest of the tour, they are heading for Virginia, Pa. NJ, NY and a few more stops. If they come close to where you are please go and visit, tell Jamphel and Tashi you are my friends!!!!
We said goodbye this morning to our guests. I will share later, we need a minute..................