Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta Georgia
This past Saturday was the grand opening of the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta. The monastery is the North American seat of the Tibetan and Indian monasteries, and started humbly in the 1990's with meetings at members' houses, and then at a small space in a strip mall. So to finally have an official building is quite an accomplishment and a long time coming.
The grand opening featured the excellent house band, a tour of the facility, a display of Tibetan dolls, and Tibetan calligraphy. Some of us bravely participated in traditional Tibetan folk dance, which made the monks watching laugh because we were all quite inept.
Monastery house band performing at the festival
Lunch was cooked by the monks and consisted of rice, cucumber, hot sauce, tea, and dumplings called momos.
Shabhakleb, a Tibetan dumpling made from beef, onion, celery, and flour. This was also called a momo.
Bhakleb, a vegetarian Tibetan dumpling made from potato, mushroom, and cheese.
Tibetan Sorig, which is a medicinal tea.
The dining tent was decorated with colorful Tibetan designs