Schools Prep for Buddhist Monks' Visit

January 17, 2007

Author: Soumitro Sen

Source: The Union

Tibetan Buddhist monks from south India are arriving in Nevada County next week, the seventh year they've been coming as guests of the local nonprofit, Sierra Friends of Tibet.

As part of their visit, from Jan. 25 through Feb. 10, the monks will visit some schools and share their culture - sing, dance, chant and interact with the students.

Some of the institutes that have hosted them before are eagerly anticipating their visit in the coming weeks.

"I think the kids really enjoy listening to their stories," said Jody Deaderick, arts coordinator at Nevada City School of the Arts which the monks will visit on Jan. 31. "They can give the kids a glimpse into something different and open their eyes to another way of life."

Deaderick, a member of Sierra Friends of Tibet, said the students were impressed in the past by the philosophy of compassion the monks talked about.

"This year, the monks will do two assemblies for us," Deaderick said. "We will host a lunch for them. They will have lunch with our eighth grade class. We will serve them some kind of Asian cuisine. We have a parent who used to be the co-owner of an Asian restaurant in Nevada City. She will help co-ordinate the meal."