January 24, 2011
The community is invited to Folsom Lake College (10 College Parkway in Folsom, off of East Bidwell) on Monday, February 7, 6-8:30pm for a visit from Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. Venerable Jangchub Chophel, a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition and the director of the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation, will deliver a presentation titled, "The Inside Job: Journey of a Western Buddhist Monk."
The program will begin with the Monks performing Tibetan multi-phonic chanting (often referred to as throat singing). The monks use a special technique to chant using their throat to use two or three tones simultaneously. More than just a song, the exotic sound created is a sacred offering for the benefit of all. The deep, vibrant chords representing the essence of the secret tantric teachings will fill the room and transform both the environment and the audience with their powerful energy.
Following the singing, Venerable Chophel will share his personal journey and the inner transformation that lead him to a Buddhist monastery in a remote part of Southern India. His journey starts in Pasadena, CA with a widowed mother working to raise nine children (Venerable Chophel was number eight). It was filled with both adversity and wonder. Raised in violent surroundings, his path takes many turns - from homelessness to corporate management, from being an at-risk youth to teaching them in a low-income, minority high school. Throughout the journey a transformation is takes place, one in which a kind heart is finding its place within him.
This free event will be held in the college's Large Lecture Hall, Buckeye Hall room FL3-173. A $1 fee is charged for parking. For a map with directions to the main Folsom campus, please click here.
For more information on this event, contact Tasneem Sah at (916) 608-6611.