Loving Hands plans Tibetan monk visits

Monks visiting local merchants (Photo courtesy Judith Eugene)

Cleveland Heights-based Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki is planning events for the Cleveland stops of two touring groups of Tibetan Buddhist monks.

The events will be held Aug. 12–18 and Oct. 17–22. Presentations, including lectures, healing rituals, empowerment ceremonies and debates, will be non-religious and open to the public, regardless of faith.

Classes on yoga, cooking, art, calligraphy, butter sculpture and Tibetan language will be offered. The monks will also perform blessings for individuals, homes, businesses and public buildings; create mandala artwork using colored sand; and attend private lunches and dinners, for conversation and to answer questions.

Children’s programs will include cultural learning, mandala artwork, chanting demonstrations and performances with traditional Tibetan instruments.

Judith Eugene, founder of Loving Hands Yoga and Reiki, is seeking businesses, schools, churches and other organizations interested in hosting events related to the tours. Eugene previously organized events for three similar tours.

“There are suggested donations for each event, but no one is turned away for inability to pay,” said Eugene. “All donations are tax-deductible. The monks will also have Tibetan and Buddhist jewelry and artifacts for sale at each event.”

The monks are Tibetan refugees living in monasteries in India. The monasteries each house more than a thousand monks, and their populations continually increase.

All funds raised on the tours go directly toward housing and education for the monks, so that they may “be of service to the world community by nurturing peace, harmony, compassion and tolerance.”

For more information and a program schedule, visit www.lovinghandsyoga.com/tibetan-outreach. To host an event, call Judith Eugene at 216-408-5578.

Julie Hullett

Julie Hullett, a 2018 graduate of John Carroll University, serves as a summer intern for the Heights Observer.

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