Tibetan Monks will bless the South Laguna Community Garden Park, located at Coast Highway and Eagle Rock Way in Laguna Beach (31610 South Coast Highway) on Tuesday, February 5th at 10AM.
The public is invited to witness a blessing of the South Laguna Community Garden Park by eight esteemed Tibetan Monks visiting from the Drepung Gomang Monastery (India). This will be the second time a group of monks will bless the Garden Park; the first in 2016 brought together nearly eighty people, a testament to the fact that the monastery’s efforts to engage “compassion in the hearts of the community” are remarkably effective. If you haven’t heard “trichord” chanting before, this is your chance to witness something truly remarkable, as each Monk simultaneously sings three notes that together form a complete chord. The monks will also play traditional Tibetan instruments.
We are very fortunate to have the Monks visit on the first day of Losar this year, (Lama Losar). This takes place on the first day of the first month of the Tibetan calendar when the new moon is sighted, and marks one of the most important days of the year. Please join us afterwards, around 11 AM, for tea and traditional snacks to thank the Monks for visiting on this special day. We will also plant a number of sacred plants to commemorate the occasion. As one visitor stated during the 2016 visit, “when the Monks chant, their energy and vibration is imparted to every drop of water in every plant. Your garden will benefit from this.” We hope that our garden and the community it supports will be nourished by this visit for years to come.
The “Sacred Arts Tour” that brings the Monks to Laguna Beach is an essential outreach program that teaches communities about the now endangered Tibetan culture. Without the work of this monastery, what little cultural heritage Tibetans still have could be lost. Many people ask what they can do to help the people of Tibet, and the answer is that you can support the Monks with donations and prayer so that they can continue to offer education and preserve their unique culture. You will have the opportunity to do so in person at the garden. Please encourage friends and neighbors to come to what promises to be an unforgettable event.