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Monks perform healing, restoration ritual at Bille Park

PARADISE — The Garden Shartse monks performed a restoration and healing ritual Sunday for the town of Paradise and all of those affected by the Camp Fire.
The blessing was put together by members of the Sierra-Placerville Friends of Tibet.
“I’m part of the Sierra Placerville Friends of Tibet and we’ve been hosting the monks for over 15 years now,” said one of the organizers Wendy Wood.
Wood said the monks were at her house several weeks ago and asked if they could come to Paradise to perform a blessing.
The five monks are with the Gaden Shartse Cultural Foundation. One of the monks, Shanu Bodh said the group has been traveling for 22 months and visited 30 states.
The Gaden Shartse Monastic College is located in southern India and there are 1,500 monks in the ministry, Bodh said. For the last two weeks, the group was in Grass Valley doing performing blessings and holding workshops.
“We came here to do a short blessing,” Bodh said. “We want to pray for those who have lost their lives not only human beings, also animals. There are many beings who have lost their lives and lost their everything.” Related Articles





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At the end of the ceremony, the monks walked around the pavilion at Bille Park and blessed every direction, along with the water in the creek.
“We will make a prayer to consecrate this whole land and the whole area so that everybody can start a new life or start a new thing,” Bodh said.
Woods said she was surprised but also happy to see that about 100 people attended the blessing and was glad she could be a part of Paradise’s healing process.
“As someone who didn’t live in this area, many of us felt helpless in terms of what we could do to be helpful and this turned out to be something that all of us in the community could do to be helpful somehow,” Woods said.
The blessing was a way to show the richness in the connections with the monks around the world, Woods said. It helped to bring the world together.
“I think so many of us around the world, and me personally, are in solidarity with the people of Paradise and the environment and the community, Woods said. “I think for us to be able to do whatever we can that can bring healing and peace to this community, we’re here to do that.”

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