URBANA — Tibetan monks from the Tashi Kyil Monastery in India are visiting Champaign-Urbana this week to give blessings and show the cultural aspects of their heritage through art, theater and dance.
They arrived Monday. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, they will give "Dharma Talk: Four Noble Truths," on Buddha's first teaching, the foundation of Buddhism, at the Channing Murray Foundation Church, 1209 W. Oregon St., U.
On Thursday, the monks will lead a Children's Tibetan Art Program for ages 3 to 14. Adults also are welcome. The participants will make butter sculptures, sand paintings and prayer flags. Participants also may bring a small stone on which to draw the symbol "OM." The workshop will be at 5 p.m. at the. Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W Nevada St., U.
The Tashi Kyil monks take donations for their events. They are raising money primarily to help fund their small monastery in India (tibetancc.com). The recommended donation is $10 but not required for attendance.
Merchandise made by monks and Tibetan refugees living in India will be offered for sale at all events and in downtown Champaign.
Also, by request, the monks will perform house or business blessings, pet blessings, private Tibetan astrology readings, or Mo divination. To schedule those contact the Tashi Choling Center in Champaign at firstname.lastname@example.org.