WisdomSound, a 75-minute concert in support of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and Nagi Nunnery in Nepal is to be live-streamed around the world on 8 November. Among the A-list artists who have rallied to raise donations for this one-time event are Norah Jones, Richard Gere, Laurie Anderson, Jon Batiste, the Steve Miller Band, and Maggie Rogers.
Set to premiere via Mandolin.com for a global audience at 8pm EST, the concert will be available for on-demand viewing until 22 November. While admission is free, donations are encouraged as they will benefit the Shedrub Mandala’s international network of centers and organizations.
In addition to musical performances, the event will feature an introduction by the world-renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and meditation master Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, who serves as the abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery. The occasion will also feature short teachings on Buddhism as well as videos of life at the monastery.
A press release for the event states:
The organizers of WisdomSound believe that the teachings of the Buddha offer powerful methods to deal with suffering, and guide people toward compassionate action. At Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery and Nagi Nunnery, monastics spend years practicing these powerful 2500-year-old methods, and then teach them in Nepal, online, and throughout the Shedrub Mandala’s international network of centers and organizations. Compelled by the Buddha’s teachings to care for others, the monastery also supports social action in Nepal—from providing traditional and secular education to young children from rural villages, to offering food packages to subsistence workers impacted by the pandemic, to supporting women’s health and empowerment.(Mxdwn)
Centered on the teachings of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, who was born in Tibet in 1951 and recognized as the seventh incarnation of the Drikung Kagyu lama, the Shedrub Mandala’s monasteries and global centers are affiliated with the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery is at the heart of Rinpoche’s ever-growing mandala of activity. According to the organization’s website, the name Shedrub Ling denotes “sanctuary for learning and practice.” Situated in Bouthadana, in the outskirts of Kathmandu, the monastery is within a few minutes’ walk of the Great Stupa of Awakening. Since its completion in the spring of 1976, the monastery has hosted a global audience of teachers, monastics, and lay people whose interests range from studying the general teachings of the Buddha all the way to engaging in the most profound tantric rituals and practices.
Some 12 kilometers north of the monastery is the affiliated Nagi Gompa Nunnery, nestled in the hills of Shivapuri National Park. For many years the main seat of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche’s father, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, the nunnery provides nuns and lay members of the sangha with a place to live, study, and undertake retreats.
Unfortunately, both the monastery and the nunnery suffered extensive damage during the devastating earthquakes of April and May 2015. Despite this, the monastics continued to engage in their daily rituals and prayers, and assisted the local community by providing them with much-needed shelter. Plans for renovations are being drawn up.
In the aftermath of the earthquakes and amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, WisdomSound is likely to provide a welcome opportunity for Nepalese and international audiences to celebrate.
Norah Jones, Richard Gere, Laurie Anderson, Steve Miller Band and More To Be Part Of Streaming Event To Benefit Buddhist Monastery and Nunnery in Nepal (Mxdwn)
Norah Jones, Jon Batiste, Laurie Anderson, and More Rally for One-Day Livestream for Nepal (American Songwriter)
Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery (Monks and Nuns)
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