Heights business plans local events for Tibetan monks
Cleveland Heights-based Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki is planning events for the Cleveland leg of a national tour for a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks. The events will be held throughout the Cleveland area Sept. 21–26. Presentations are non-religious, and are suitable for people of all faiths and traditions.
Judith Eugene, a Cleveland Heights native and the founder of Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki, is seeking businesses, schools, churches and other organizations that are interested in holding events at their facilities. Eugene organized a similar tour last fall. The events were well attended, and most sold out.
Events include lectures, debates, healing rituals, and empowerment ceremonies. School programs for grades K–12 include discussions, chanting demonstrations and performance of traditional Tibetan instruments. The monks are also available to create beautiful works of art including sand mandalas, butter sculptures and calligraphy. They also perform blessings of homes, businesses, and public buildings. There are suggested donations for each event, but no one is turned away for inability to pay. All donations are tax-deductible.
The monks are refugees from Tibet, living in a monastery in southern India. The monastery currently houses more than 4,500 monks of all ages, and the population increases daily. All money raised on the tour goes directly toward building an addition onto the overcrowded monastery, providing sanitary living and bathing accommodations, medical needs, and teachers’ salaries.
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