Tibetan Sand Mandala for Peace – September 2019
On 13th September 2018, over 150 local people enjoyed the creation of a sand mandala at The Good Heart – an ancient Tibetan ritual dedicated to bringing peace and harmony into the world.
The exquisite mandala was patiently created by eight Buddhist monks from Tashi Lhunpo monastery in South India using millions of grains of brightly coloured sand. Many of the audience were children, who seemed particularly mesmerized by this ancient and sacred practice. On completion, the monks performed a short blessing ceremony with chanting, cymbals and other ceremonial instruments before destroying the work of art they had created, as a symbol of the impermanence of all creation. The monks then led a procession down to Jenson Button Bridge, where the mandala sand was scattered into the river as a blessing for the town and surrounding countryside.
The event was free of charge and included tea, cakes and a raffle to raise funds for Tashi Lhunpo monastery, which is home to 400 Tibetans in exile. The monks’ visit to Frome was part of a ‘Thank You Year’ tour of the UK and Europe, in which HH the Dalai Lama, Patron of the Monastery’s UK Trust, expressed his gratitude to those in the West who have helped his people preserve the rich and ancient culture of Tibet and supported them in their struggle for freedom.
Autumn Supper at The Good Heart November 2018
On Friday 23rd November, around 25 local people paid £15 each to attend a candle-lit fundraising dinner to raise money for some better chairs for the café – replacing the black plastic ones originally obtained on Freecycle.
Thank you to our brilliant chefs Namdi and Elissa for the delicious three-course meal, to local musician Vicki Burke who provided some beautiful live music on harp and voice, and to all those who donated prizes for the raffle. The dinner enabled us to buy the colourful and ergonomic set of red and green chairs now enjoyed by everyone who visits The Good Heart.
Tibetan Uprising Day March 2019
On the evening of Sunday March 10th, The Good Heart was quickly booked out for a commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising against the presence of the People’s Republic of China in Tibet. The failure of the people’s rebellion ultimately resulted in a violent crackdown on Tibetan independence movements and the flight of HH the Dalai Lama into exile.
A traditional Tibetan music and singing bowl ceremony was performed by local Tibetans Kunchok Nyima, Nagul Yonten and Namdi Deyatsang, while special guests and Frome residents Michael Ormiston and Candida Valentino offered Mongolian Khoomii overtone singing and other beautiful and haunting music inspired by their travels in Asia. Tibetan food was provided by Tibetan Memories.
HH The Dalai Lama often says “my religion is kindness”. This, and the presence of our caterers Tibetan Memories, means that The Good Heart is particularly happy to support events led by the Tibetan community in Frome.
Midsummer Night’s Dream – June 2019
Our first film screening, both to test the system and to celebrate the arrival of summer, was the 1935 Max Reinhardt version of Shakespeare’s immortal comedy. We plan to have occasional film screenings in future.