Tibetan monks visit West Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Tibetan Monks are visiting West Lafayette this week.

The monks were at Unitarian Universalist Church Wednesday afternoon to start their construction of a sacred sand mandala. The mandala will take nearly a week to finish.

West Lafayette is one of several sites the monks will be traveling to over the next year.

The group of eight of monks is one of two groups touring the country to teach their culture and to showcase religious performance, chants and teachings. One monk said he and the others are grateful for the opportunity to visit the United States.

“People here in the United States have received us very well. We’re also glad to get this exposure to different cultural way of thinking, its background and how people live here,” said Yenton Gyatso.

The monks will be participating in other activities in West Lafayette this week. The schedule of events is listed below.

Mandala Construction

Sept. 4-10, 10 a.m to 4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church

Sept. 6-7, 1 a.m to 4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church

Deconstruction Ceremony

Sept. 10, 6 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church

Purdue Buddhist Society Teaching

Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to noon at PMU Terrace, Room 131

Taste of Tibet- Dinner & Culture

Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church

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