Tibetan monks to discuss Buddhist practices at Elon University

by David Hibbard, Elon News, Sept 21, 2005

Elon, NC (USA) -- The Truitt Center for Religious Life will present the Shiwa Tour of Tibetan Peace and Healing at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12 in Whitley Auditorium on the Elon University campus. The event is free and open to the public.

This cultural tour by Buddhist monks will visit Elon Oct. 10-13 to expose students, faculty, staff and community members to the breadth of Tibetan religious culture. During the Oct. 12 program, the monks will share Buddhist practices and methods that celebrate richness and diversity.

Throughout their visit, the monks will create a sand mandala in Belk Library. This creation uses crushed gemstone and ancient methods handed down since the sixth century B.C. Each part of the mandala has symbolic meaning and the entire process of creation acts as a form of meditation.