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October 4, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU hosts two-day Tibetan monks visit

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India will return to Slippery Rock University Oct. 10-11 to share their culture and philosophy.

The monks last visited campus in 2010.

Their campus programs will include a 12:30 p.m., Oct. 10, lecture by Jampa Phelgya, a lharampa geshe (the highest academic degree in the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism) titled "Interdependence and Dependent Origination."

The SRU philosophy department is sponsoring the free, public address in Spotts World Culture Building Auditorium.

At noon, Oct. 11, the monks will offer free instruction in "Meditation for Patience and Compassion" as part of the SRU Mindfulness Meditation Program, in 225 Patterson Hall. The SRU Counseling Center and the President's Commission on Wellness are sponsoring the session.

Their final campus event is a 7:30 p.m., Oct. 11 performance of chant, dance and cultural sharing titled "Journey to the Roof of the World; Sacred Chants and Dance of Tibet," in Swope Music Hall.

The SRU International Arts and Cultures Series is sponsoring the performance. It is free to SRU students; $5 for the general public.

The Gaden Shartse Monastery was founded in Tibet in the mid-1400s as a learning center dedicated to developing practices for inner peace and compassion. The monastery was destroyed during the Chinese invasion of Tibet and was then rebuilt in India.

The monks on tour either fled Tibet or were born in the Tibetan refugee community in India.

The group tours the world to raise money for the Tibetan refugee community and to preserve and share ancient Tibetan traditions and culture, much of which has been destroyed since 1950.

While in Slippery Rock, the monks will participate in events at the Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation, including a 7:30 p.m., Oct. 10 performance of a Vajravidharan Ceremony, a sacred Tibetan healing and empowerment ritual sponsored by the congregation.

The public is invited and cash donations will be accepted.

They will also appear at the congregation's 11 a.m., Oct. 13 service.

For more information contact Andrew Colvin, associate professor of philosophy, at 724.738.4996.

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