Unity North Atlanta Church will host the Tibetan Buddhist Monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery for a week of activities December 1-December 8, 4255 Sandy Plains Road Marietta 30066. The monks, over a seven day period, will construct the sacred Green Tara Mandala using millions of grains of colored sand. Opening ceremony is Sunday, December 1, at 2 p.m. when the monks begin construction of the mandala.
During December 1-7 the public is welcome to view the monks creating the Green Tara Mandala.
Wednesday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. a talk by monks entitled Beyond Ego: The Great Void and the Gateway to Freedom. The monks will speak about how they as Buddhists use meditation as one of the pathways to enlightenment.
Friday, December 6 at, 7:30 p.m. The crowning jewel of the week will be a presentation of: A Night of Tibetan Culture. The monks will talk about their Buddhist culture, the situation in their native country of Tibet, now a part of China, and perform traditional dances.
Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m. is the closing ceremony. During the closing, the monks ceremoniously deconstruct the mandala and sweep the sand into a pile. Small containers of the sand will be distributed to guests and the remainder of the sand will be dispersed into the running waters of Lake Cherful in Mountain Park to spread the healing energy of the Green Tara Mandala throughout the world.
All activities are family friendly. For more information or directions call: 678.819.9100 or visit Unity North.