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Gaden Shartse Tibetan Buddhist Monks Return to the Ridge

posted Mar 4, 2020, 3:41 PM by Kristin Snell   [ updated Mar 9, 2020, 4:39 PM ]

by Diana Pasquini, San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

Editor's note:

Post-publication, we learned that the Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse monastery regrettably CANCELLED their visit to our area, including the events scheduled for March 24th on the Ridge, due to concerns related to the spread of coronavirus.  

Tashi Delak!

On Tuesday, March 24, the San Juan Ridge will be visited by a small group of Tibetan Buddhist Monks from Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. The monks’ first stop will be Grizzly Hill School. Arriving shortly after the students have eaten their breakfast, the monks will share a cultural presentation with the entire school. The school-wide presentation will be followed by hands-on arts activities with smaller groups of students. The monks will then share a lunch with the students before continuing on to their next stop, the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center.

Expected to arrive around 1:00 or 1:30, the little band of monks will spend several hours at the FRC. Providing plenty of materials for coloring paper mandalas and molding butter sculptures, the monks will share their culture by making art with children of all ages, as well as answering any questions guests may have. Tea and light refreshments will be served. The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center is very happy to welcome visitors of all ages to meet the monks and encourages one and all to drop by and take advantage of this very special experience.

The monks last stop of the day will be at the North San Juan Community Center where they will perform a Medicine Buddha Healing for the People and Land of the San Juan Ridge. “Menla (Medicine Buddha) is the embodiment of the power of healing of all the Buddhas. For millennia our ancestors have been aware of the effect of spiritual practice upon healing. The Medicine Buddha ritual can transform negative conditions into positive conditions such as eliminating negative forces, increasing positive forces, long life, healing, protection, transformation of forces in the environment. One does not have to convert to Buddhism to take part in this ritual. Nor will one be asked to convert to Buddhism. One just has to believe something will happen. Or one can just accept it as a blessing.” Although a suggested donation is $10 to $20 per person, no one will be turned away due to a lack of funds. All are welcome! Doors open at 6:30 pm, program starts at 7 pm. For more info on the Medicine Buddha Healing, call Heidi at 530.687.2662.

Many thanks to Heidi Starr, Joseph Guida, and Sierra Friends of Tibet for providing this golden opportunity to the people of the San Juan Ridge. For more info on the Gaden Shartse Monks’ Tour or Sierra Friends of Tibet email or check out their excellent website,

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”

                                      His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet