Schedule of events

By From page B2 | January 03, 2014

Gaden Shartse Tibetan Monks at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, through Jan. 15

Thursday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. — Sand mandala opening ceremony

Jan. 3 to 15 — Sand mandala viewing, all day, every day, till close of business. View the creation of the sand mandala as the monks are working on it throughout the day from 9 a.m.-till close of business, except Mondays when the café is closed.

Friday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. — Dharma Talk: The Four Noble Truths — Suffering, the Cause of Suffering, the End of Suffering and the Path to Freedom

Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m. — Butter Sculpture Workshop, the monks will teach children and adults how to create traditional Tibetan figures and symbols made from butter
mixed with barley flour, as has been done in Tibet for more than 800 years. Pre-registration is suggested to ensure enough materials are available. Cost is $15 per person or $25 per family. To pre-register contact Barbara at [email protected] or 530-642-9654.

Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. — Vajravadaran Healing Ritual

Sunday, Jan. 5 from 10-11:30 a.m. (part 1) and 2-3 p.m. (part 2) — workshop on The Six Destructive Emotions. A $50 donation is suggested for complete workshop. Plan to attend both sessions. Contact Barbara at [email protected] or 530-642-9654 to pre-register.

Monday, Jan. 6 — Cozmic Café closed

Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. — Life of a Monk: Slide show presentation on life in the monastery of Gaden Shartse and in the Tibetan resettlement community in India where
the monastery is located. There will also be an open Q&A with the monks.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 from 5-8 p.m. — Special Tibetan Benefit Dinner with a traditional Tibetan meal prepared by the monks, including vegetarian or beef momos (Tibetan dumplings),
salad, soup and tea. Cost is $35 per person. Seating is extremely limited, 35 people only. Reservations are required. Contact Barbara at [email protected] or 530-642-9654 to make a reservation.

Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. — Chay Drol Ritual

Friday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. — Heart Sutra Ritual

Saturday, Jan. 11 from 9:30-11 a.m. —Teens and Tweens Open Conversation and Q&A with the monks. (Note: Teens and Tweens only to allow for a comfortable environment for younger people to share with the monks.)

Saturday, Jan. 11 — Viewing of the mandala closes at 5 p.m. because of Tibet Cultural Performance in Cameron Park.

Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. — Tibetan Cultural Night Performance at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park. A special performance by the monks of traditional Tibetan folk and sacred dances (including the colorful Yak and Deer dances), chanting, music and a demonstration (with audience participation) of the boisterous and very physical “monastic debate.” Cost is adults $20 and children $10 (12 years old and under). Advanced ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets available at or upstairs in the mandala room at the Cozmic Café during regular mandala viewing hours.

Sunday, Jan. 12 from 10 a.m.-noon — Vajravadaran Healing Ritual at Mountainside Center for Spiritual Living, Placerville Town Hall, 549 Main St. in Placerville, from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Community potluck lunch with the monks at Mountainside Center for Spiritual Living. For information on this event only 530-672-3119 or [email protected]

Sunday, Jan. 12 from 2-3:30 p.m. — Interfaith Ceremony: Love and Respect for the Earth and All Her People, representatives and members of Christian, Jewish, Native American, Buddhist and other spiritual traditions and faiths, along with the Gaden Shartse monks, will offer prayers and reflections on this year’s theme. All are welcome. Location is weather-dependent so check at the Cozmic Café or for exact location.

Monday, Jan. 13 — Cozmic Café closed

Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 6:30 p.m. — Vajrasattva Empowerment

Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. — Dissolution Ceremony of the Sand Mandala, this dramatic and moving event is always standing room only. Come early if you wish to attend. We will also have closed circuit TV downstairs at the café to accommodate overflow.

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