The European Tour
for Peace and Non-Violence
began on 4 October 2017 when 4 monks, Tenzin Palasang Rinpoche, Dr. Lobsang Shedup, Geshe Tashi Tsering and Geshe Tenzin Dhakpa, from Gaden Jangtse Monastery arrived in Italy.
The monks were invited by Jangtse Thoesam Dharma center in Taranto, Italy and by Tso Pema Non-Profit in Rome, Italy.
Dr. Lobsang Shedup worked very hard his first days in Rome as there were many appointments for Tibetan astrology charts and naturopath visits.
Rome, 7-8 October:
The tour began on such a positive note in a Kundalini Yoga center, YogaDharma, just outside of Rome. In one day and a half the monks made a sand mandala for Cenresig, to the joy of all the people present.
Rome, 8 October:
Tibetan fundraising dinner for around 50 people in a well-known restaurant in Rome, Macinanti
San Leo, 12-14 October:
The second stop on the first part of the tour took the monks to a very small town more than 300 kms north east of Rome.
There was a photography show of an Italian man, Ulisse Nardini, friend of HH the 14th Dalai Lama, who passed away 10 years ago. He had visited Tibet and India and had taken beautiful pictures … so the monks fit in perfectly. Once again they pleased everyone with their Cenresig mandala!
A class of elementary school children came to visit one day. We later learned that they were truly impressed by the work that the monks were doing when some of them returned in the evening with their parents!
In the meanwhile, Dr. Lobsang Shedup prepared numerous Tibetan astrology charts.
Manzano di Mori, 16-22 October:
The tour pushed itself another 300+ kilometers north to the Tupten Osel Ling Center of Sogan Rinpoche in a small pre-Alps town.
On Saturday, 21 October, Tenzin Palasang RinpocheLa gave a Jenang of Medicine Buddha to more than 30 people, so the monks to make a Medicine Buddha mandala of 1 meter by 1 meter.
Sunday, 22 October, the monks prepared a lunch of momos and other delicious food for the 45 people who had come to see the ceremony for the dissolution of the mandala.
Il Canavese, Piemonte, 23-29 October:
This time the monks tour took them 300+ kilometers to northwestern Italy.
They monks were invited to construct two small mandalas, cook one dinner, teach how to make momos and give meditations in various places during their week long stay.
Torino 28-29 October
Rome to Taranto 1 November
Taranto, Italy – 1 November
Taranto 2 November: Jangtse Thoesam Dharma Center