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Staten Island Tibetan museum hosts annual festival

October 3, 2010
October 1, 2010,

STATEN ISLAND -- Meditation, enthusiasm and peace
will be the orders of the day Oct. 3 as the
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art hosts its annual Tibetan Festival.

Aside from having thoughtful discussions, expect
to sample Tibetan music and foods while perusing crafts and jewelry.

The festival runs from 12:30-5 p.m. Admission:
$15, adults; $10 students and seniors; $5
children younger than 10. Here’s a run down of
what to expect from the stone-and-timber museum
fashioned after a Himalayan monastery at 338 Lighthouse Ave. (718-987-3500).

12:30 p.m. -- Prayer Flag ceremony in the
Meditation Garden: Buddhist philosophy states
that prayer flags coupled with the wind’s natural
energy harmonize the environment and increase
well-being for all living creatures. Prayer flags
are vibrant cloths with Tibetan prayers inked on
them and will be sold at the museum.

1 p.m. -- Lecture on enthusiasm by Ven. Lama Pema
Wangdak from Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life.

2 p.m. -- Demonstration of Tibetan Singing Bowls
by Gelmu Sherpa of the Tibet Himalayan Gift
Store. In the Buddhist practice, singing bowls,
which are a type of standing bell, are used for meditation and prayer.

3 p.m. -- Performance of Tibetan folk music
played on the traditional dramyen or Tibetan
guitar. The dramyen is a long-necked seven
stringed instrument carved from a single piece of
wood. The resonating chamber is formed by
stretching yak skin over the instrument.

Throughout the day, fest-goers can observe
Tibetan calligraphy with Lama Pema Wangdak and
participate in Tibetan children’s games and arts
and crafts. Vendors will sell traditional Tibetan
crafts, jewelry, prayer flags, and statues.

Parking is limited at the Todt Hill museum.
Off-site parking will be available at Historic
Richmond Town at 441 Clarke Ave.; a free shuttle
will ferry attendees to and from the museum.
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