Buddhist center holds empowerment ritual

August 29, 2010

The smell of incense filled the room as more than 60 people gathered for a Green Tara empowerment ceremony at the Akron-Canton Shambhala, [Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio].

Four Tibetan monks from the Gaden Shartse Monastery in India assisted in the ceremony held this week at the Buddhist meditation center on Portage Trail.

The four monks are on a tour of the country.

Jangchub Chophel said he and the other three are among about 1,000 monks living in a refugee camp in southern India.

Buddhists use meditation and ritual to achieve wisdom and a spirit of peace and purity. The female deity Tara represents compassion, enlightened activity and relief from bad karma.

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