CORAL SPRINGS, FL - Coral Springs Museum of Art is hosting again Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery from Feb. 10-16, giving visitors a first-hand look at traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings and artistic expression.

The museum is planning activities during the visit, which is part of the monks' mission to spread the message of peace, loving kindness, wisdom, and compassion, the museum said in a statement. 

Each day of the visit will open and close with sacred Tibetan chanting. 

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Monks will also build a sand mandala for Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion. Millions of colored grains of sand will be laid out in patterns and diagrams, which represent sacred textual Buddhist imagery. When it’s done, the mandala will be deconstructed and put into a moving waterway, which is believed to spread blessings to the local community.

"Our hope is that the construction of this mandala will reinforce in each of us the value of all living things and encourage us to embrace a stance of balance and compassion," said Julia Andrews, executive director of Coral Springs Museum of Art, in a news release.  

Other highlights of the visit are:

- A Tibetan lunch and dinner prepared by the monks. The lunch will be Feb. 12, at 12:30 p.m., and dinner will be Feb. 13, at 6:30 p.m. These events will have traditional favorites such as momos (dumplings) and naan (leavened flatbread). 

- Artistic workshops will feature ancient art of butter sculpture, decoration of mani stones, and daily meditation and dharma hours. 

- A Cultural Pageant Spectacular, on Feb. 15 at 1 p.m., will present costumes, ritual dances, songs, and chants. 

"The Coral Springs Museum of Art always looks forward to visits from the members of the Drepung Gomang Monastery, and we are thrilled to once again have such a diverse array of events centered around their time with us," Andrews said. "It is a privilege to be in their presence and learn about their culture and teachings."

The museum said some events will require buying tickets or pre-registration. To learn more, visit: http://bit.ly/CSMOAMonks2020

Contributions from the tour will be used to buy food, housing, and medical supplies for the nearly 2,000 monks at the Drepung Gomang Monastery.