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Letter: Monk business

Tashi delek (Tibetan for “hello”), my friends.

When the 14th Dalai Lama originally sent monks out into the world to preserve and share the Tibetan Buddhist culture with us all, he sent Kyabye Zong Rinpoche and Geshe Tsultrim Gyeltsen from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in 1977. Our locally and globally beloved John Denver was fortunate enough and appropriately in tune to welcome them to our magical Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen, its residents and its visitors have supported tours and the monks ever since. We were the first to provide them with a cellphone, which made the tours incredibly easier to organize and provided a wonderful resource to serve the public.

The monks will be offering a Vajravidarin group healing session today at 7 p.m. in the Red Brick for a suggested donation of $20. Contact us to schedule your personal healing session with the venerable Geshe Karma Yeshi for a suggested donation of $75.

The Medicine Buddha sacred sand mandala will be available daily for viewing in the Ravenheart Gallery until the dissolution ceremony on Sunday at noon on the Cooper Avenue mall, at which time it will be swept up, dispersed and deposited into the Roaring Fork River in Herron Park.

Along with funding for a new dormitory, the current tour of six monks from Gaden are in need of new or used iPhones. As many of us know, iPhones are an extremely intuitive and user-friendly cellphone. If you are able to provide the resources to Aspen Tibet for purchasing the phones or if you have iPhones or building funding to donate to them, please let us know.

Thank you.

Serene-Marie Washburn