THE POWER OF COMPASSION
A performance by the Tashi Lhunpo Monks
Chant, mantras, music and dance by Tibetan Monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery: a magical window on to a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism which has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout Europe.
Founded by the first Dalai Lama in 1470, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Re-established in exile in South India, it is one of the major centres of Buddhist learning, best known for its unique tradition of masked dances and sacred music.
From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments including horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums, cymbals, bells and with the shattering sound of the dungchen (long horns), the Monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of an ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangered world. See the monks in the stunning setting of Springhead Gardens as they tour with Artsreach, the counties touring arts charity.
‘…a psychedelic whirl of chanting, dancing, drums, cymbals…’ The Times
Gardens open from 6:15pm for picnics. Bar Available. Bring a chair/cushion and torch and wrap up warm
Tickets £10, £7 u18s and friends, £28 family
Movement and Mudra Workshop
In an interactive pre-show workshop, the Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo introduce details of the unique costumes worn in the dances of the Gutor Festival at Tibetan New Year, and invite you to learn a few of the steps. A demonstration and explanation of Taksel, the art of dialectical debate and teaching some of the intricate mudras (hand gestures) from Tantric prayer give an insight into Buddhist monastic life.
4:30pm-6pm. Places limited – £5 per person. Booking essential
Tickets can be booked on line at www.artsreach.co.uk or contact Springhead on 01747 811853 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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