When I think of Tibet, I see the mountains, monasteries and the smiling Tibetans. If you haven't had the opportunity to visit Tibet, here is the next best thing: the Festival of Tibet. This year is the special 10th anniversary of the Festival. The organisers are planning a memorable celebration with art, music, food, talks, philosophy and more.
Image by May Cross
The Festival commences on Friday 27 April at the Brisbane Powerhouse, with Ama la, the Dalai Lama's revered sister (Jetsun Pema). I was blessed to have met His Holiness the Dalai Lama but I haven't met his sister, yet. She will have a discussion with author, popular media personality and "very bad Buddhist", Meshel Laurie. You will witness a "curious, mischievous and transcendent conversation from two entertaining and inspiring minds." After the discussion, you can enjoy the wonderful Mystical Tibet Concert with the Camerata – Queensland's Chamber Orchestra.
My regular readers know that I love national living treasure, artist, poet and cartoonist, Michael Leunig. Leunig will make an appearance at the Festival in an evening performance called 1000 Stories. His unique talent and philosophy is simple, soulful and mystical. In 1000 Stories , the artist will create several works of art in real time, accompanied by the music and wit of Tenzin Choegyal and his other friends.
The Festival will continue to offer much more with workshops, exhibitions, Tibetan food (momos anyone?) and public talks. Through varied and engaging experiences and the mixture of free and ticketed events, the Festival raises much-needed funds for the Tibetan refugee with all proceeds going to the Tibetan Children's Village schools in India.
Tree of Life Mandala (painting and image by May Cross)
You and your family and friends will have the opportunity to witness the creation of a stunning Sand Mandala made from patience, skill and millions of grains of coloured sand. You can also learn to cook Tibetan dumplings (yum, yum), paint your own mandala, meditate, do yoga, contemplate and be carried away to the Himalayas by beautiful Tibetan music.
Tibetan Beads (image by May Cross)
FREE EVENTS: 1. Morning Meditation with Karma Traditional Tibetan Buddhist meditation to start the day. 9.00bam to 9.30 am, on Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April.
2. Tibetan Yoga with Kunga Kunga has studied the Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga and Buddhist Philosophy. 9.30 am to 10.30 am on Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April.
3. Sand Mandala Symbolic art created with skill, patience and millions of grains of sand.
10 am to 5 pm on Friday 27 and Sat 28 April.
10 am to 12 noon with a spiritual "dissolution ceremony", on Sunday 29 April.
4. Mantra Mani Stone Painting
Paint your own mantra tablet or mani stone.
10.30 am to 11.30 am on Friday 27 to Sunday 29 April.
5. Karma Phuntsok Exhibition
Karma is an Internationally acclaimed contemporary Tibetan artist.
10 am to 5 pm daily from Tuesday 24 to Sunday 29 April.
6. Panel – The Story of Us
Join a panel discussion with 3 young Tibetan activists and hear their stories.
11.30 am to 1pm on Saturday 28 April.
7. Buddhism For The Unbelievably Busy
Khensur Rinpoche explains how we can develop our own compassionate nature.
2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday 28 April.