Tibetan Monks visit Cornerstone Treehouse in New Hope

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Date(s) - 12/06/2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Cornerstone Treehouse

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The monks’ schedule includes a ‘Chay Drol’ Purification Ritual & Group Healing at the Cornerstone Treehouse, 419 York Rd., New Hope, on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6-8 p.m. Chay Drol literally translates as “to make free of obstacles,” and is a ritual that helps to remove impediments which prevent one from achieving enlightenment, say adherents.

The ritual begins with the Lama generating himself in the form of the Buddha Tara. He then places colored strings and pieces of cloth on various parts of the participant’s body; and through ritual, one’s negativities and obstacles are fused to the strings and pieces of cloth. The Lama then uses ‘Wisdom Weapons’ to cut the obstacles from the participant, thereby freeing them and opening the door to liberation. Hokey smokes!

All donations and proceeds from their events go to support the monks in their mission to share their culture, as well as practices and paths to inner peace, compassion and tolerance. Accomplishments of previous tours have provided funds for construction of new buildings at Gaden Shartse, including the new debate hall. Additional funds raised by past tours have supported medical needs, teachers’ salaries and the day to day expenses of the monastery.

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Charlie Sahner

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