March 1, 2006
His Eminence Kharnang Yangtul Rinpoche and five Lama Monks from the Kharnang Monastery in eastern Tibet will give a special presentation of ritual and traditional dance, chants, and music during a presentation at Morningside College on Wednesday, March 15, at 12 p.m. in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
The presentation will open with the offering of a Puja, a traditional Tibetan ceremony of blessings. The monks will then perform various dances including a Yak Dance, performed to acknowledge the significance of the yak in Tibetan culture; a Tibetan folk dance; and a Tashi Sholpa, which is a good luck dance.
Between dances, Rinpoche, who was ordained by the Dalai Lama in 1968, will discuss life in eastern Tibet and take questions. A variety of Tibetan crafts will be available for sale before and after the presentation. Rinpoche will also be available for private healings and blessings. To schedule a private session, contact Ibu Nooney at (712) 255-6510.
John Bowitz, Morningside College professor of art, is coordinating the event.
The Kharnang Monastery is a traditional Tibetan community of approximately 200 monks. The monastery was rebuilt in 1982 after having been destroyed during the Chinese Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s.