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Tibetan Monks gather with Waldport youth

February 1, 2008

Newport News Times - Newport, OR, USA
Jan 30, 2008

Sometimes a language barrier is no barrier at all. When a group of
Tibetan monks visited students at the Waldport Community Learning Center
recently, the monks spoke no English, but words were not necessary to
create beautiful art together.

As part of a U.S. tour, a group of 10 monks from the Gaden Shartse
Monastic College in Tibet spent the afternoon with youngsters in the
Center's 21st Century After School Program. More than 25 students
between the ages of 5 and 14 took part.

For the hands-on cultural event, students and monks worked together to
create traditional sculptures made from butter, a Tibetan artform for
more than 800 years.

The Gaden Shartse Monastic College was founded in Tibet in the 15th
century. After the invasion of Tibet by the Chinese, a small group of
elder monks and boys settled on land given to them by the Indian government.

They went on to establish a monastic college in 1969 as an effort to
re-establish one of the great monastic traditions of Tibet.

The monks now tour the U.S. sharing their culture and traditions while
increasing awareness of their plight and educational needs.

The 21st Century After School Program in Waldport is open to students in
kindergarten through eighth grade. The program runs from 3 p.m. to 5:30
p.m. Monday through Friday. To join, register at the Waldport Community
Learning Center, or call Melaia Kilduff, site coordinator, 563-3476.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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