Saturday 14 September 2019
2pm – 3pm
This autumn, as part of our week-long visit from eight Tibetan monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet, we are holding a series of performances and workshops at Harewood. Join us for a special performance of ‘The Power of Compassion’, with masked dances and sacred music from a Tibetan Monastery.
Recreating the mysteries of a Buddhist Monastery, this performance offers a dramatic presentation of sacred dance, music and enchanted prayer with traditional costumes and ceremonial masks. The performance opens up a magical window into a world of reincarnation and Buddhist mysticism and has inspired audiences in theatres and festivals throughout Europe.
From the contemplative, mesmerising chant of Buddhist texts to swirling costumed masked dances accompanied by ancient Tantric musical instruments including horns made from human leg bones, skull-drums, cymbals, bells and with the shattering sound of the dungchen (long horns), the monks evoke the atmosphere of sacred Tibet: an experience of ancient culture accessible to all, with introductory explanations offering additional insight into this endangering world.
Founded by the first Dalai Lama in the 15th Century, and the seat of the Panchen Lamas, Tashi Lhunpo is one of the most important monasteries in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Re-established in exile in South India, it is once again becoming one of the major centres of Buddhist learning, best known for its artistic tradition of masked dances and sacred music.
Bookings can be made online, or alternatively please contact our Visitor Experience Team on 0113 218 1000 or email email@example.com. Entrance to the Harewood is included within the ticket price for this performance.
If you are a member and would like to book your space for this performance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, contact details and membership number.
On arrival at Harewood, please park in the main car park, and make your way to the Entrance of the Courtyard for 1.50pm, ready for the start of the performance.