Eight Tibetan Tashi Lhunpo monks will be demonstrating aspects of their culture in Sibford next month.
They are heading to the village on Sunday and Monday, September 14 and 15 and events will include the intricate making of a sand mandala and performances of their music and dance; which you would normally only see at festivals in Tibet or India.
Organiser Diana Hughes said: “We are highly privileged that they are coming to Sibford, considering some of their other venues are The Edinburgh Fringe, The Eden Project, the Barbican Centre, Glastonbury, Madrid, Stockholm and Barcelona! They will even have been on The Archers on August 25 at the Loxfest, Lower Loxley.”
The Buddhist monks, who are living in exile in India, will hold a workshop in the village hall on the Sunday afternoon to enable people to learn about their musical instruments, chants and dance steps, and on Monday morning there will be school workshops.
At 2pm on the Monday the ceremony of the destruction of the mandala will take place.
The mandala is a circular picture made out of sand, a painstaking process which depicts the divine architecture of the cosmos. When the mandala is destroyed, its most important part – representing the deities – is taken to running water and disposed of there, so the monks will process to the river Sib. Everyone is invited to watch the process free of charge when the school workshops are over.
Mrs Hughes said: “Do come and partake in this event! It will not only be a unique experience for us, but also for the monks, who will be accommodated in the village and will love to have the chance to meet some of us.”
The pre-performance Sunday workshop will take place at 4pm-5.30pm and tickets are £5. The performance will take place at 8pm the same day with tickets priced at £15 for adults, £13 for concession and £10 children. Gurkha Spice restaurant will be selling Nepalese and Indian food at the village hall on Sunday. All profits from the events will go to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery and the Tibet Society/Relief Fund.