July 24 – August 1, 2015

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Join us for a week of compassionate activities here in Carbondale with the monks of Gaden Shartse Phukhang Monastery. The monks will participate in Mountain Fair, create a sand mandala over the period of five days, offer group and individual programs to share their culture and blessings.

Help us raise funds to support the monks through our CrowdRise campaign – Compassion Days Campaign.

Here is a short video to learn more about the tour.

Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour

Schedule of Events

Friday, July 24th at 4:00 pm – The monks will do the opening blessing of the Carbondale Mountain Fair. Location Sopris Park, Carbondale.

Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th – The monks will have a booth at Mountain Fair.  Come visit and learn more about them and Tibetan Culture.

Tuesday, July 28th at 12:00 pm – Opening ceremony for the Chenrezig Sand Mandala. The monks will perform a ritual to purify the environment and make conducive to receive the mandala. Then the will begin the creation of the sand mandala. The monks will spend the rest of the week working on the mandala and have it completed by Saturday afternoon. Location: Third Street Center, 520 S. Third Street, Carbondale, CO.

Tuesday July 28th through Saturday, August 1st Creation of the Chenrezig Sand Mandala. This is open to the public.  Hours: Tuesday – 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Location: Third Street Center, 520 S. Third Street, Carbondale, CO.

Here is a video of a sand mandala the monks created in Yachats, Oregon.

Sacred Arts of Tibet Tour

Gaden Shartse Monastic Tour: Sand Mandala Timelapse from bluedot productions on Vimeo.

Shot in Yachats Oregon in 2008, this timelapse chronicles a 3 day sand mandala.

Help us Help the Monks by Funding the Sand Mandala

We do need donations to help the monks create the sand mandala.  Our goal is to raise $6,000 for the monastery through the creation of the sand mandala. All donations are tax-deductible and will go directly to the monks to help them maintain their monastery in India.  You can donate through our CrowdRise campaign or directly through us using your credit card. To use your credit card click on the donation button below. If you would like to write a check, please make it out to the Way of Compassion Foundation, 520 S. 3rd Street, Carbondale, CO 81623.


Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 pm – The Inside Story, Tibetan Monastic Life.  Join the monks for a rare peek into their lives at the monastery. The presentation will include a slideshow, discussion, demonstration of their method of debate and a question and answer period. Location: Third Street Center, 520 S. 3rd Street, Carbondale, CO. Cost: by donation.

Thursday, July 30th at 7:00 pm – Vajravidaran Healing Ritual. Vajravidaran is a Buddha associated with purification and health. Health is a result of our karmic imprints. This ritual offers an opportunity to improve your health by purifying negative karma. The Vajravidaran ritual of purification and has three stages: the removal of negativities, the cleansing of subtle negative imprints, and protection from their return. Location: Third Street Center, 520 S. 3rd Street, Carbondale, CO. Cost: by donation, suggested donation is $20.

Chenrezig - The Buddha of Compassion
Chenrezig – The Buddha of Compassion

Friday, July 31st at 7:00 pm – Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion) Empowerment. The Buddha of Compassion is known as Chenrezig (Tibetan) or Avalokitshevara (Sanskrit). Chenrezig has many aspects and embodies the Universal Compassion of all the Buddhas of the three times and ten directions. The purpose of the empowerment is to establish a close relationship with Chenrezig and to benefit from his power of compassion.  The empowerment will also initiate one into the mantra of Chenrezig: OM MANI PADME HUM, which contains the essence of all 84,000 volumes of Buddha’s teaching.  Location: Third Street Center, 520 S. 3rd Street, Carbondale, CO. Cost: by donation, suggested donation is $20.


Saturday, August 1st at 10:30 am – Tara Puja at True Nature. In this ritual of sacred music and chant of the Praises to the 21 Taras, the monks invite the 21 aspects of the Goddess Tara into the space with altruistic intention bring her blessings to the environment all in attendance. The monks make offerings, sing the 21 verses to each of the Taras three times, ask her to bring about the welfare and the virtuous activities of all beings, and offer blessings and dispel the negative conditions of body speech and mind. Location: True Nature Healing Arts (at the outdoor yoga spiral), 100 N 3rd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. Cost: by donation. 

Saturday, August 1st at 5:00 pm – Sand Mandala Dissolution Ceremony. The culminating event of the monks visit is the powerful and moving consecration and dissolution of the mandala. The monks will consecrate the mandala and ritually dissolve it. All in attendance will receive a small bag of the blessed sand from the mandala and the rest of it will be poured into the river allowing the blessings to flow throughout the whole valley. Location: Third Street Center, 520 S. 3rd Street, Carbondale, CO 81623

If you would to volunteer to help us with the visit or offer a meal for the monks, please contact us at admin@wocompassion or 970-510-0583.

A short video of images of the previous tour.