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North American Seat of Dalai Lama's Monastery Opens in Atlanta

October 24, 2008

By Mary Silver
Epoch Times
October 22, 2008

SHRINE -- A man gazes at the interior of the meditation room in the
monastery at the Drepung Loseling Institute in Atlanta, Georgia on
Oct. 18. (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)

ATLANTA-Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc, formally opened its doors on
Oct. 18 in Atlanta, Georgia with deep throated Tibetan chanting and
ceremonial tossing of flour in the air.

The place is "a little Tibet in the heart of Atlanta," according to
the event's news release.

Monks and other volunteers worked for months to renovate the building
in Atlanta's Dekalb County. The purpose of the institute is to
provide a sanctuary for Tibetan culture. It is a 501c3 corporation
and offers Tibetan language lessons, meditation instruction,
retreats, and performing arts including snow lion dances, throat
singing, and sand mandala building. It houses a meditation room and
shrine, a gallery, classrooms, offices, and a library.

REGAL: This doll represents 'Songsten Gompo, (617-968 AD), the 33rd
King of Tibet, who firmly reestablished the government after a period
of chaos.' (Mary Silver/The Epoch Times)
The Loseling Dolls, representing traditional Tibetan faces and
costumes, are now displayed in the Monastery's permanent gallery. Two
master doll makers have come from Dharmasala to demonstrate their
craft to the public. The doll making project began in 1970 as a way
to record the endangered folk ways of the Himalayan nation.

Each doll maker carves the face of a doll with an individual person
in mind, said scholar and translator Tsepak Rigzen. The doll heads
are made of clay mixed with Tibetan rice paper.

The organization is the North American seat of the Dalai Lama's
monastery. The Dalai Lama  is a visiting professor at Emory
University in Atlanta, not far from the Drepung Loseling Institute.
Thousands attended his lectures at the university last October, when
he was installed as a faculty member.  Some of the dolls will be
shown at the university this October.

The university has a program of teaching and studying meditation and
its effect on well being.
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