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"[There is a] sense of community that grows among observers. Many people stay for hours to watch the construction, and return each day to see the progress," Coff said. "I've seen conversations start, and new connections being made by members in our community."

Once completed (Sunday afternoon), the mandala will be swept up and distributed in Onondaga Creek in an effort to bless the waters.

"Many people have told me that viewing the mandala and meeting the Monks made a deep impression on them, and that feeling stayed with them long after the Monks were gone," Coff said.

The Monks of Gaden Shartse will be in Central New York through Oct. 29. For complete tour details, visit gadenshartsecf.org.

SYRACUSE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

    Network Chiropractic

5208 South Salina St.

Syracuse, NY 13205

Oct. 7

Personal Healing Sessions - Vajravidaran Ritual.

Vajravidaran is a specialized cleansing deity of esoteric Buddhism. It is very powerful in cleaning body, speech and mind of living beings from all the possible spiritual and material contaminants. The ritual contributes greatly to the harnessing positive energy, and increase mental and physical faculties.

Seven Rays Bookstore

222 Walton Street

Syracuse, NY 13202

Call 424-9137 to register for programs

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13

The Inside Job: Journey Of A Western Buddhist Monk

Venerable Jangchub Chophel is a Buddhist monk in the Tibetan tradition and the director of the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation. Come join us as he shares his personal journey and the inner transformation that lead him to a Buddhist monastery in a remote part of Southern India.

Oct. 14

Personal Healing Sessions - Vajravidaran Ritual.

Oct. 15 to 17

Chenrezig Meditation Workshop

This four-session workshop with Venerable Jangchub Chophel will provide intensive one-on-one instruction for those wishing to establish a daily practice with the focus of Chenrezig (Buddha of Compassion).

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