"From the Himalayas to Hood River -- A celebration of Tibetan Culture" with the monks of Gaden Shartse will be held in Hood River on Aug. 26, beginning at noon.
The visiting monks are now living in exile in India. The opening ceremony for the event will be at noon near the waterfall in Overlook Park in downtown Hood River. This will be followed by a sand mandala demonstration at the public library, a display of artifacts at Hood River Jewelers, chai at Dog River Coffee, a butter sculpture class, and at 6 p.m. a community potluck (Tibetan momos/dumplings will be sold).
The potluck will also feature cultural presentations of music, ancient dances, a monastic debate presentation, and a talk on Tibetan culture by Choni Rinpoche.
Tibetan gifts will be sold at the sand mandala site and at the Columbia Art Gallery.
The public is invited to all events free of charge, except for the Butter Sculpture Class ($10) and the Evening of Tibetan Culture ($10 for adults, $5 for students).
Tickets may be purchased at Waucoma Bookstore in Hood River, Collage of the Gorge in White Salmon, and Klindt's Book Sellers in The Dalles.