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Tufts University Chaplaincy, Tufts Buddhist Chaplaincy, the Office of the Vice Provost for Institutional Inclusive Excellence, the SMFA, Tufts Asian American Center and Tufts Buddhist Mindfulness Sangha


 Tibetan Monks of the Gaden Shartse Monastic College

for Circles of Peace: A Tibetan Mandala Project

The Chaplaincy announces a rich lineup of spiritual teachings and events to bring courage, clarity and centeredness during a time of uncertainty and change

 Tufts University will be welcoming the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastic College to offer a mandala of Green Tara and a series of healing and empowerment ceremonies. Each offering is designed to help illuminate the nature of mind and provide us with the courage and renewal needed to meet the challenges of a modern life.

This series, which begins on February 15 with a sand mandala opening ceremony, provides an open door to all who wish to deeply integrate body/mind/spirit and develop wisdom to chart the way ahead.

Highlights also include a Vajrasattva Empowerment (associated with the purification of karma and removal of obstacles)  and a dialectic debate on the three aspects of the path).

The Circles of Peace Mandala Project with the Gaden Shartse monastery monks will be held at the Tufts Interfaith Center, 58 Winthrop St., Medford MA 02155– with the exception of the Dialectic Debate Friday, February 16, 12 noon at Goddard Chapel.

All events are open to the general public.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with the monks, contact Ji Hyang Padma, PhD, at 661-886-5094 or


Wednesday, February 14



Thursday. February 15

12-2     INTERFAITH CENTER: Green Tara Mandala Opening Ceremony

12-5:30 INTERFAITH CENTER Mandala viewing

Friday, February 16

12-2 PM GODDARD CHAPEL: Dialectic Debate: the Three Stages of the Path

5:30- 7:30 PM INTERFAITH CENTER Mandala viewing

Saturday, February 17

10- 5:30 INTERFAITH CENTER: Mandala viewing

Monday, February 19

10- 5:30 INTERFAITH CENTER: Mandala viewing

8 PM INTERFAITH CENTER: Vajrasattva Empowerment

Tuesday, February 20

10- 4 INTERFAITH CENTER: Mandala viewing

4 PM: INTERFAITH CENTER: Dissolution Ceremony

Mandala brochure

About Gaden Shartse Monastic College

The Primary Purpose of the tour is to present the Tibetan perspective of the Buddha’s teachings, numerous empowerments, and lectures, Secondly, the generous funds donated help Gaden Shartse maintain the University’s temples, classrooms, library. texts, kitchens, food, grounds, and fields. Approximately $2.00(USA) is needed to maintain one monk for one day. This includes a small weekly stipend for necessities, and as so represents vast sums of money, for over 1000 monks, everyday. Accomplishments of previous tours have provided funds for construction of new buildings at Gaden Shartse, including the new debate hall. Additional funds raised by past tours have supported medical needs, teachers’ salaries and the day to day expenses of supporting the monastery. This success is due to the help and generosity of those who support the tours. The monks of Gaden Shartse feel deeply indebted to their friends in the West who have given their time, effort, and homes to make the tours possible.

More information about the monks can be found on their website

At a time when we are confronted globally with uncertainty and change, join us for our Tibetan Buddhism event series, which bring courage, clarity and centeredness.