In December 2011, eight monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Southern India visited Glastonbury in the UK and created a beautiful sand mandala. In this film Tim Knock and I were keen to record the impact of their five day visit on the Glastonbury community and the process of the creation and dissolution of the mandala. Normally this ceremony is conducted behind the closed doors of a monastery. With a narration written and recorded by the film's producer, Gareth Mills, the film is very much a Glastonbury production!
'Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is one of the most important monasteries in Central Tibet besides being the traditional seat of the Panchen Lama. After the Tibetan national uprising that took place in 1959, a handful of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery monks along with many thousands of Tibetans escaped into India. The Monastery was then subsequently re-established in Bylakuppe in Karnataka State, India. With the induction of new recruits over the years, the Monastery today has about 250 monks. Most of our major monasteries are thriving, but Tashi Lhunpo is still facing difficulties.
Through the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust's educational and cultural exchanges, including chanting and dance performances, the monks share our unique Tibetan culture and their special monastic tradition with people in Europe and other parts of the world. The Trust also supports the Monastery's work in India. Any assistance extended to the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery will be much appreciated. As Patron of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery UK Trust and because of my unique relationship with the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery I support the work of the Trust and wish it success in its attempt to help the Monastery here in India'.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama