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Monks visit CNY

"A lot of monasteries in India are supporting orphanages that are growing at an amazing rate," Coff said. "This is the only way to ensure the culture doesn't disappear."

To learn more about Tibetan monks in exile, Coff suggests watching "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion."

"The film is not recent, but it is still very relevant," she said.

Helping another culture

On the last tour, the Gaden Shartse Monks made enough to build a hospital to support Tibetan monasteries and the surrounding community that is in exile. The current tour will help equip the hospital.

"They need various medical machines such as heart monitors, X-rays, tables and beds, really basic stuff," Coff said. "It will be a big benefit to the community."

Coff encourages people to participate in one or more of the many events being held next week and to help support the Gaden Shartse Monastery.

"People interested in the cultural aspect, or those who want to learn more about Buddhism, this is a real opportunity," Coff said. "Buddhism is not a religion, it is a philosophy, a way of life. There are components that all people can use to apply to their own lives."

For more information about the monks, the tour and their history, visit gadenshartsetour.org.

Schedule of events

Saturday Nov. 1 - A Day in Oswego

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individual healings; Call 343-6939.

7 p.m. Tara Puja - River's End Book Store, Oswego - $15 at the door.

Sunday Nov. 2 - A Day in Baldwinsville

10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Individual healings; call 635-2739.

Monday Nov. 3 - A Day in Cayuga County

7 p.m. -- "World Peace and the Unity of all Religions" - Willard Chapel, Auburn; $10

Tuesday Nov. 4 -- A day in Syracuse

2 to 4:30 p.m. Individual healings; Call 424-9137.

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