TIBETAN monks will be returning to the region to perform in what has become an exotic yearly spectacle.
The Vale of Clwyd will reverberate with the chanting of Buddhist texts, the recitation of mantras, the ringing of bells and cymbals, the blowing of trumpets and the beating of drums on Saturday.
The monks will also don costumes and masks, to perform many of the dances for he ninth Tibet Day held in the gardens of Eyarth House, Llanfair DC, from 2.15pm.
The monks are from Tashilhunpo Monastery in southern India, in exile from Tibet itself, which has been under Chinese rule since 1959.
Oragniser Zara Fleming said: “Several of these monks fled Tibet after the Chinese communist invasion of their country, while many have been brought up in exile and have never seen their homeland.
Their monastery’s leader, the Panchen Lama, second only to Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, was arrested at the age of six and has not been seen since.
Because of this the monks are close to the Dalai Lama himself, she said, travelling with him last year on his worldwide teaching programme.
“Their main aim is to keep their cultural and spiritual Buddhist traditions alive, but in order to do this they need funds,” she said.
“By coming to the UK and performing their unique spectacle of dance, they are able to raise money to help educate and train the next generation.”
Zara is an independent researcher, cataloguer and curator specialising in Bhuddist art who has worked with many museums over the years including London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.
“I’ve been fascinated ever since I was a child, about seven years old, the year when the Dalai Lama escaped and 100,000 Tibetans fled the Chinese occupation.
“I was captivated by the country and by the people,” she said, adding that she had travelled there many times since, often acting as a guide for others.
As well as the monks’ performances, there will be workshop events in a tent giving an insight into the world of a Tibetan monastery, including prayer flag printing, butter sculpture making and the creation of a sand mandala.
There will also be stalls, teas, activities for children and Tibetan food.
Admission is £3.50 or £1 for children.
For more information call Zara Fleming on 01824 705429 or email firstname.lastname@example.org