Tickets can be purchased online now for $10.00, $7.50 for students and seniors. on the day of the performance tickets will be $15.00.
Over the past 11 years, specially trained monks, from Drepung Gomang Monastery, have come to North America and gone on multi-city performance tours, raising awareness and necessary funds for their monastery back in India.
The Tibetan cultural pageant features harmonic overtone chanting of traditional prayers, accompanied by temple instruments including horns, flutes, bells and drums. Delicate hand gestures and other offerings accompany the mystical rituals and multiphonic singing, (each monk chants a chord of three notes). Richly costumed dances, including masked animals, will be performed. Together with the narration accompanying each piece and the monastic debate, the event provides a fascinating and warm glimpse into ancient and current Tibetan culture.
The purpose of the sacred arts tours is to share the compassion and wisdom of Tibetan Buddhist culture with US citizens. Funds for the survival of this culture-in-exile also need to be raised. Drepung Gomang Monastery continues to house, feed and educate everyone wishing to study at this monastic center of higher learning, including orphans and refugees fleeing Chinese occupied Tibet. Sponsors' contributions are used for food, living quarters, and medical facilities and as seed-funds for income-generating projects aimed at eventual self-sufficiency.