Monks and more at the show

Where else but the North Coast National show can you gorge yourself on fairy floss, see a burlesque show and listen to the chanting of Tibetan monks?

For the first time ever in Lismore the world renowned Gyuto Monks will create a beautiful sand mandala and present their deep harmonic chanting as well as public talks, culture for kids and meditation sessions.

Based in the Dharamsala, India, the home of the Dalai Lama, the Gyuto monks are refugees whose monastic community comprises nearly 500 monks, many of whom have escaped from Tibet to live in exile in India.

Every year a group of monks come out to stay in Australia, hosted by Maureen Fallon at Gyuto House in Rosebank.

“I've been bringing the monks out to Australia for the past 15 years. There are generally around half a dozen at any given time and they generally stay for about 12 months....We are based up here (at Rosebank) permanently now and the monks love it here. It's quite modest but very peaceful. They say the meditation room inspires them to chant,” Maureen said.

One of the monks who will be at the show, Gen Sonam Dorjee, has completed his second three-and-a-half year meditation retreat in the Himalayan foothills. He is known as a monk with deep powers of intuition and healing and this will be a rare chance to meet him.

Show society president John Gibson said apart from the monks, the program was shaping up to be the most diverse show ever in Lismore.

“We've got the gypsy caravan, the circus, the battle of the bands and of course the Cock and Bull tent. Then there is the university doing a lot of visual arts stuff. We've got the monster trucks on Thursday night and the Hooves of Thunder (horses) every night as well as motocross and a parade on Saturday night that includes lots of things from the area including the lanterns, so there are a lot of highlights,” he said.

For a full program see the lift out in today's Echo.


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