Tilba resounded with the sights and sounds of Tibet last week when the Kamalashila Tibetan Buddhist Centre held its inaugural Tibetan Cultural Day.
About 100 people flocked to the centre to share in what was a wonderful celebration of the rich and ancient Tibetan culture.
The day began with chanting and prayers lead by resident Abbot, Khenpo Ngawang Dhamchoe followed by a series of short talks on various aspects of Tibetan culture and history.
Khenpo said there were strong similarities in the history and culture of Tibetans and Aboriginal people.
“Today we have the opportunity to bring a little bit of Tibet to Tilba,” the abbot said.
Special guest Mr. Atisha, the former Representative for His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Australia, gave a report on the current situation for Tibetans still living in Tibet.
Mr Atisha commented “if you wish to do authentic meditation this is the place to do it.”
Dr Ani Nyidon shared her inspiring life story, leaving Tibet and settling on the South Coast. She presented an overview of the ancient science of Tibetan Medicine.
Members of Canberra’s Tibetan community, lead by their president Ms Sonam Choedon, had traveled down to attend and performed traditional dance, music and song.
There was delicious Tibetan food and Chai tea, and a number of stalls selling Tibetan goods.
The day ended with the traditional “Gorshey” or circle-dance, which was about coming together and enjoying yourself, which is exactly what participants did.
At the end of the day’s activities, Ms Sonam said she’d “had such a blessed weekend with you all, thank you.”
The centre has a busy program of events throughout the year.
The next event is the Annual Shamatha Meditation Retreat, which runs from September 29 to October 7. A spokeswoman for the centre said the retreat is suitable for everyone.
For information about the retreat or the centre’s other activities call 0403779099 or visit www.drogmi.org/.
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