The Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center (TMBCC) offers a variety of programs and activities related to the ancient religion of Buddhism and the cultures and traditions of Tibet and Mongolia. Weekly Dharma teachings are offered every Sunday at the Kumbum Chamtse Ling Temple by Spiritual Teacher, Geshe Kunga, followed by tea and snacks. Other weekly lessons include Meditation Instruction on Monday evenings, Sitting/Walking Meditation on Thursday nights, and Puja Performances each Saturday, including Dug-kar (White Umbrella Deity recitation), Do (Sutra recitation), and Gya-shi (Four Hundredfold offering).
Sand Mandalas can also be created on request by monks at the TMBCC. The ancient and sacred Tibetan art of building sand mandalas are the creation and representation of Buddhist spiritual symbols, which are used as a tool to bless the earth and its inhabitants. Mandalas that can be created include the Mandala of the Medicine Buddha, the Mandala of the Buddha of Compassion, the Mandala of Yamantaka (Wrathful Manifestation of the Buddha of Wisdom), the Mandala of Ghuyasamaja, and the Mandala of Amatayus.
Butter Sculptures are also an important part of the Tibetan Buddhist culture and offered as a part of a sacred religious ceremony. Buddhist Ritual Cakes include Torma – beautiful cakes made from Tsampa roasted barley flour and other unique ingredients. These exquisite butter sculptures can be kept as an original item of arts after the ceremony.
Other exclusive activities at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center include raising prayer flags with the recitation of required prayers in accordance to Tibetan traditions, and consecration and blessings with dharma objects in the temple. Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington, Indiana - Photo: Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center
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