At the end of May, the Phoenix House Academy of Long Island in Wainscott will host the Venerable Tenzin Yignyen, a Tibetan monk and scholar, as he creates a sand mandala – an intricate and colorful sand sculpture, often used in meditation. The process takes several days; at the conclusion, in the Buddhist tradition, the mandala is dismantled and the sand returned to the sea.
Our students will witness the mandala’s creation and will be able to interact with and learn from Lama Tenzin throughout his residence at the Academy. Lama Tenzin’s Buddhist teachings complement the Academy’s curriculum, which focuses on the practices of respect, good intentions and mindfulness. Our AIM Program (Attitude Intention Motivation), for example, teaches wellness and self-esteem integrated with health, fitness, clinical rehabilitation, and relapse prevention. AIM activities include yoga, meditation, martial arts and nutritional awareness.
We are looking forward to spending time with Lama Tenzin, hearing his teachings, and observing the creation of his unique and beautiful artwork. This event is possible thanks to the thoughtful generosity of Simple Works, a charity focused on helping youth worldwide.
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