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Sacred Arts Tour 2024
with Drepung Gomang 
Monastery
July 29 - August 4th

Our Mission
• To share the message of compassion, often through interfaith sharing, helping create peaceful communities that work together toward World Peace
• To provide a window into the ancient and precious Tibetan culture
• To raise funds to educate, feed, house, and provide healthcare for the 2000 Tibetan Buddhist Monks living in exile at Drepung Gomang Monastery in India Gomang Monastery tour. 

100% proceeds go to the Drepung Gomang Monastery.

Please join us and support by donation with cash or check made out to TGDC.

Bowl of Momos

Tuesday July 30th  6 - 7:30 pm

Tibetan Dinner & Cultural Experience

Coupled with a fun cultural dance and chanting/prayer, this Tibetan style dinner with Tibetan dumplings (momos or tingmos), soup, and stir-fried vegetables makes for an elegant meal for a night out.  Suggested Donation $20 - $30 per person . 100% of proceeds support the monastery.

Held at Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 

5400 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239

(RSVP necessary - sliding scale. Please register below)

*Parking on Woodbourne or either church lot on Woodmont around the back of the church. 

*Fellowship Hall entrance: off the parking lot on the south side of the church. 

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Wednesday July 31st  6 - 7:30 pm

Sand Mandala Opening Ceremony

An intention-setting ceremony involving prayer/chanting and explanation of the significance of mandala making precedes the intial drawing of the outline for this impermanent work of art, to be made  over 5 days out of colorful sand! Join us for the beginning of a spectacular event, to listen, observe, and celebrate the upcoming 5 day sand mandala ceremony.

No reservation required for this event. Donations accepted by cash or check to “TGDC”. 100% of donations support the monastery.

Held at Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 

5400 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239

(RSVP necessary - sliding scale. Please register below)

*Parking on Woodbourne or either church lot on Woodmont around the back of the church. 

*Fellowship Hall entrance: off the parking lot on the south side of the church. 

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August 1st - 4th, 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm each day

Making of the Sand Mandala & daily dedications

This year's theme of the mandala is World Peace, in which various religious symbols from around the world are incorporated into this modern design. Come witness the meditative process of making this colorful 5' x 5'  "sand painting", made with love, prayers, and years of training. Toward the end of each day, the monks will offer closing prayers to finish their day's work. (This work of sacred art will be destroyed ceremoniously at the closing ceremony on August 4th. Scroll down for information on the closing dissolution ceremony). 

No reservation required - come one come all! Donations accepted by cash or check to “TGDC”. 100% of donations support the monastery.

Held at Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 

5400 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239

(RSVP necessary - sliding scale. Please register below)

*Parking on Woodbourne or either church lot on Woodmont around the back of the church. 

*Fellowship Hall entrance: off the parking lot on the south side of the church. 

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August 1st - 4th, 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm each day

Shop for unique Tibetan gift items & handicrafts

From mala beads to clothing items, handmade journals, purses, shawls, saying scrolls and more, these unique gift items are made by the community surrounding the monastery. The monastery often trains and supports the making of these items and then buys them back from the local artisans, which in turn supports not only the monastery but the surrounding community when we purchase these items here. Add some color to your wardrobe or home and help others as you do!

100% of donations support the monastery.

Held at Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 

5400 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239

(RSVP necessary - sliding scale. Please register below)

*Parking on Woodbourne or either church lot on Woodmont around the back of the church. 

*Fellowship Hall entrance: off the parking lot on the south side of the church. 

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August 2nd, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm each day

Hindu Kirtan & Buddhist Chanting 

We will be joining Baba Ganga Das for his regularly scheduled Friday Kirtan event, adding Buddhist chanting that will fill the room with a sense of peace. Multi-Faith chanting and prayers offer different routes to a similar end and an opportunity for all of us to celebrate diverse forms of worship and practice. If you enjoy sound healing, bhakti yoga, or Hindu and/or Buddhist prayers, this event will very much appeal to you. We will also offer for sale mala beads and other items which supports the monks as well as the community surrounding their monastery.

No reservation required. By donation, cash or check made to TDGC. All supporting the Drepung Gomang monastery, more than 2000 monks & refugees.

Held at Hindu Buddha Mandir - Nepali Cultural Center of Baltimore

12231 Harford Road, Glen Arm, 21057

*Free and Easy Parking in front of Temple Gates

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August 3rd, 12 - 2 pm

A Taste of Tibet

Meditation & Chanting followed by a special treat of Momos (Tibetan dumpling appetisers). Suggested Donation $35 per person . 100% of proceeds support the monastery. Optionally purchase mala beads and have the monks chant and bless them upon your purchase. Space is limited so please reserve your space below.

Held at Nourish & Flourish

4337 Harford Road, Baltimore, 21214

*Street Parking 

space is limited. suggested donation $35

Beaded Necklaces

August 3rd, 4 - 5 pm

Mala Bead Making Workshop

A fun event suitable for the whole family, come make your own mala or bracelet with the monks and they will show you how to use it for meditation. This event is suitable for adults and children. While you are here, take a look at the sand mandala in its final stages!

Held at Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. 

5400 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239

*Parking on Woodbourne or church lots on Woodmont at the back of the church. Entrance near parking lot on south side of the church.

Soup & Ladle

Saturday August 3rd, 7 pm

Tibetan Dinner Party at Private Home with a house blessing

Enjoy a meal of momo appetizers, stir fried vegetables, Tibetan bread, soup and more in a beautiful private home, offered lovingly by the monks of Drepung Gomang Monastery. Enjoy the experience of a 20-30 minute house blessing as part of this experience and listen to tonal chanting and prayers that will put you in a deeply relaxed space. We will offer some of the Tibetan merchandise for sale as well at this event. All donations benefit the Drepung Gomang Monastery now housing, supporting, and educating over 2,000 monks preserving Tibetan Buddhist culture and practice. Suggested donation $50.

 

100 Overhill Road, Baltimore

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Sunday August 4th, 10:30 am

Regular Sunday Church Service with Chanting from the monks 

In lieu of a homily, we will learn more about a few of the basic universal principles shared by the Buddhist monks and listen to their tonal chanting with open hearts.

Held at Faith Presbyterian Sanctuary. Front Door Entrance. 

5400 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239

*Parking on Woodbourne or church lots on Woodmont at the back of the church.

No reservation required. 100% of donations support the monastery.

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August 4th, 10:30 - 11:30 pm & 11:30 - 12:30

2 events. Come for one or both at the Hindu Buddha Temple.

Impermanent Art Workshop and
Meditation & Chanting with QnA 

From 10:30 - 11:30 Enjoy a family friendly event of Impermanent Art Making. The monks will explain briefly the value of making art that is not intended to be permanent and we will replicate a little of the butter sculpture tradition using play dough. Enjoy this playful and colorful event. 

 

From 11:30 - 12:30 pm We will sit for a short meditation, followed by mesmerising chanting, and questions and answers sessions on Buddhist philosophy or questions from the heart.

Selected Tibetan handicraft items will also be offered for purchase on a table outside of the hall until 1 pm.

Held at Hindu Buddha Mandir - Nepali Cultural Center of Baltimore

12231 Harford Road, Glen Arm, 21057

*Free and Easy Parking in front of Temple Gates

All proceeds supporting the Drepung Gomang monastery, more than 2000 monks & refugees. Please donate as you can by cash or checks to TDGC upon arrival. Suggested donation $20 - $50. 

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August 4th, 4:30 - 6 pm  

Sand Mandala Closing Ceremony

With prayers and instruments, the mandala is ceremoniously dismantled, some sand is shared with those present, then all can view the dispersing of the sacred sands into a body of flowing water. Come join us at the church fellowship hall for the first part of the ceremony and optionally process with us for a 10 minute walk to the nearest stream where the remaining sand will be sent off with prayers. In addition to reflecting impermanence of our lives, this ritual releases the prayers for the benefit and to end the suffering of all beings.

Starting Faith Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall & processing 10 minutes to Herring Run/ Chinquipin Park. 

5400 Loch Raven Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21239

*Parking on Woodbourne or church lots on Woodmont at the back of the church. Entrance near parking lot on South Side of the Church.

No reservation required. Donations accepted by cash or check to “TGDC”. 100% of donations support the monastery.

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