Mystical Arts of Tibet for world healing

Times Argus, July 20, 2007

Hanover, NH (USA) -- The Mystical Arts of Tibet will perform "Sacred Music/Sacred Dance for World Healing" in a program specially crafted to promote world healing, on Saturday, July 28, at 8 p.m. in Spaulding Auditorium at Dartmouth College's Hopkins Center.

The Drepung Loseling monks have appeared all over the world, sharing the stage with artists from Philip Glass to the Beastie Boys. They perform ancient temple music and mystical masked dances from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition robed in elaborate brocade costumes and playing traditional Tibetan instruments.

The Loseling monks capture "the voice of serenity, the voice of survival and a hopeful message of peace" (San Francisco Chronicle)

The Drepung Monastery was established near Lhasa, Tibet in 1416 and housed nearly 15,000 monks. After the Chinese Communist invasion of Tibet in 1959 and the forced closing and destruction of its 6,500 monasteries, some 250 monks managed to escape and rebuild their institution in Southern India.

The number of monks presently in residence at the re-established Drepung Loseling Monastery has increased to more than 2,500 and they are working to preserve the endangered Tibetan culture.

The performing monks are drawn from this talented community, creating as they chant a "primordial pool of sound that you feel as much as hear".