The SOPHEA Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse in association with the Simon’s Town Museum  and Exploring Consciousness is hosting `Dreaming the Himalayas – a Tibetan Festival’ .  It is part of a programme including films, Chants and the construction of a Sand Mandala all in co-operation with the Tibet Society of South Africa who have invited six Monks from the remote Rizong Monastery in Ladakh to South Africa for their World Peace and Compassion Sand Mandala Tour.  This tour honours the Dalai Lama who turns 75 this year and who untiringly works for peace and compassion.  

The Ladakh monks will construct a Chenrezig (Compassion) Sand Mandala in the Sanctuary Room at Sophea Gallery & Tibetan Teahouse from Monday 24 May 2010 to Friday 28 May 2010. 

Viewing open from 10:00am to 19:00 daily

A Sand Mandala transmits highly positive and healing energy to the environment and the people who view the Mandala and is therefore regarded as a great blessing. The mandala’s purpose is to help transform ordinary minds into enlightened ones and to assist with healing.

The Sand Mandala Closing (dissolution) Ceremony takes place on Saturday morning 29 May Viewing 10:00 onwards .  Cost: Free (Donations for Monks and costs will be highly appreciated – please be generous)

Included in the group of  visiting Monks  are 2 “Umze”  or “Chant Masters “  Add your energy and intention to the achievement of a Compassionate and Peaceful World and come to one of three performances of  Tibetan Chants for World Peace and Compassion.  These are interfaith initiatives.  See the details at bottom of page.

A Tibetan Film Festival will run for the entire week at the Simonstown Museum.  See the programme on the Scenic South events page.

Tibetan Chants for World  Peace and Compassion

Sunday 23 May 2010 at 15:00 at the St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town City Bowl
(by donation and no booking required)
Please tell all your friends… bring your family… let’s fill the Cathedral  

Monday 24 May 2010 at 19:00 at the Simon’s Town Museum
(Donation R40.00. Limited space, Booking required. Call Museum at Tel 021 786-3046)

Thursday 27 May at 20:00 at the Longdown House Guest House,  Spaanchemat River Rd, Constantia  Hosted by Amielia Dolma, Teacher and Cape Town representative of Tashi Ling
All welcome. No booking required. Entry is free, but donations for Monks and costs will be highly appreciated!

Directions: From the M3 take the Ladies Mile turnoff and turn left into Ladies Mile. At traffic light, turn left into Spaanschemat River Road,
continue for 1.5 km, passing Willow Rd on your left. Longdown House is the 3rd house after Willow Rd on your left.

for more information go to:  http://www.sopheagallery.com/SOPHEA/Film Festival.html