TIBETAN MONKS RETURN TO OM CENTER
August 2-13, 2017 ...SAVE THE DATES!!!
OM Center & Compassion Omaha presents
Monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery!
DETAILED Schedule… Save the Dates
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Live sacred Art Ceremony
CREATION: OPENING THE SAND MANDALA
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2 • 7pm • Donation
Daily viewing: Aug. 3-12, 1-5pm • Donation
Watch the Monks recreate an ancient tradition by building a sacred sand painting dedicated to Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion. Viewing the Mandala opens the mind and awakens the spirit. When a Mandala is built of sand, the goodness it brings is multiplied by the number of grains of sand it holds. Visit daily to see the Mandala evolve.
Fifth Annual Benefit Art Show
WHAT DOES COMPASSION LOOK LIKE?
Daily viewing: Aug. 3-12 • 1-5pm & during events
Experience compassion from a visual point of view. Artists were challenged to create art inspired by Post-it Note suggestions for a more compassionate Omaha from Compassion Omaha’s signature event, Five Days of Compassion. (Art sales benefit artists, CO and the Monastery.)
Meet the monks!
THURSDAY, Aug. 3 • 7pm • $15 ADV/$20 at door
This fascinating talk is a rare glimpse into daily life at the Monastery. The monks share a slice of their life through slides, stories, lively dialectic debate, resonant deep chanting and Q & A.
Monk Meet & greet + art opening + Sand mandala
FIRST FRIDAY — LIVE ART
FRIDAY, Aug. 4 • 6-9pm • Donation
Join us for First Friday in the Old Market as we celebrate the artists of What Does Compassion Look Like?, meet the monks and watch them create the sacred sand painting. firstfridayoldmarket.com/
SATURDAY, Aug. 5 • 1:30 at That Dog Wash 1401 Jackson
An event especially for our four-legged friends, returning the circle of love, friendship and devotion. Bring your well-behaved pet, secured and leashed (non-retractable only), or a photo of your pet, and join other pet owners in this special blessing by the monks. Co-sponsored by Bailing Out Benji and That Dog Wash.
There are a limited number of tickets to this event. Please make a reservation so we can prepare. Thanks so much!
BUDDHA OF COMPASSION EMPOWERMENT
SATURDAY, Aug. 5 • 7pm • $25 ADV/$30 at door
The Bodhisattva Chenrezig embodies the universal compassion of all the Buddhas. This blessing of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara/Kwan Yin/Kannon) helps us be more peaceful and compassionate in times of instability. We are initiated to Chenrezig’s mantra: Om Mani Padme Hum, which contains the essence of all of Buddha’s teachings.
Chanting & Blessings
TRADITIONAL TEA CEREMONY
TUESDAY, Aug. 8 • 7pm • $15 ADV/$20 at door
The monks end their day with this warm, chanted ceremony reminding us to be grateful for blessings overflowing – literally. Participants may bring a wish or request for any kind of blessing. The ceremony will be followed by a brief, silent meditation.
CHAY DROL: CLEARING OBSTACLES
THURSDAY, Aug. 10 • 7pm • $20 ADV/$25 at door
This powerful ritual helps remove the obstacles that prevent one from achieving enlightenment. The Lama places colored strings and fabric ritually fused to represent obstacles on participants. These obstacles are cut using Weapons of Wisdom, opening the door to liberation, wisdom and achieving your goals.
Guided Healing Meditation — All are welcome!
HEALING FOR HEALERS
FRIDAY, Aug. 11 • 7pm • $25 ADV/$30 at door
Join us for our traditional Healing for Healers. This ritual cleansing by Vajravidharan, the Buddha of Purification, removes negativity and its subtle imprints, bringing clarity of body, mind and spirit. Especially beneficial to those in the healing arts, this ritual is open to everyone.
IMPERMANENCE: CLOSING THE SAND MANDALA
SATURDAY, Aug, 12 • 7pm • $10 adult/$5 kids 5-12
The meditative Mandala practice culminates with a closing ceremony and the destruction of the Mandala, signifying the transience of life. Be a part of this traditional ceremony of compassion and blessings. Participants receive a small piece of the Mandala.
Ceremony on the bridge
Water Blessing of the Sand Mandala
SUNDAY, Aug, 13 • 9:30am
At the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (NOT OM!)
After the mandala is swept up, the remaining blessed sand is deposited into the nearest body of water to spread healing and blessings. Join us as the monks end their time in Omaha.
BLESSINGS & HEALING SESSIONS
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Proceeds from our fundraising events benefit the Gaden Shartse Monastic College’s effort to preserve the educational, spiritual and cultural traditions of Tibet. Omaha’s events have made significant contributions to the monastery over the past 20+ years, helping to: build the main temple and housing, enclose open sewers, build/equip health clinic and library, install solar water heaters, pay teacher’s salaries (currently $4/month) and provide medical care for the large number of Tibetans and refugees in the area.