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Tibetan monks to visit Folsom Lake College

TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONKS will demonstrate multi-phonic throat singing as part of a special presentation at Folsom Lake College. Photo courtesy of Cerise LaCore
TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONKS will demonstrate multi-phonic throat singing as part of a special presentation at Folsom Lake College. Photo courtesy of Cerise LaCore

TIBETAN BUDDHIST MONKS will demonstrate multi-phonic throat singing as part of a special presentation at Folsom Lake College. Photo courtesy of Cerise LaCore

People of all faiths are invited to attend a special presentation at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7,  from the Tibetan tradition monks of the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India.

Venerable Jangchub Chophel, a Buddhist monk  director of the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation, will deliver a presentation titled “The Inside Job: Journey of a Western Buddhist Monk.”

The program will begin with the Monks performing Tibetan multi-phonic chanting (often referred to as throat singing). The monks use a special technique to chant using their throat to sing two or three tones simultaneously. More than just a song, the exotic sound created is a sacred offering for the benefit of all. The deep, vibrant chords representing the essence of the secret tantric teachings will fill the room and transform both the environment and the audience with their powerful energy.

Following the singing, Venerable Chophel will share his personal journey and the inner transformation that lead him to a Buddhist monastery in a remote part of Southern India. His journey starts in Pasadena, Calif., with a widowed mother working to raise nine children (Venerable Chophel was number eight). It was filled with both adversity and wonder. Raised in violent surroundings, his path takes turns that bring him from homelessness to corporate management, from being an at-risk youth to teaching them in a low-income, minority high school.

This free event will be held in the college’s Large Lecture Hall, Buckeye Hall, room FL3-173. Parking is $1. For more information call (916) 608-6611 or visit flc.losrios.edu.

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