Plattsburgh, NY, Apr 11, 2012 — Last spring downtown Plattsburgh got a new restaurant: a Himalayan restaurant. It's owned and operated by Tenzin and Yangchen Dorjee, a Tibetan couple who moved to northern New York with their two kids in 2007.
This month they're putting on a Tibetan arts festival where visiting monks will make a mandala out of sand, and offer lectures on topics ranging from Tibetan medicine to religious ethics. Sarah Harris visited the restaurant and talked to Tenzin Dorjee about the family's journey to Plattsburgh and how they're keeping their culture alive in the North Country. Go to full article
Feb 21, 2005 — For nearly a month, visitors to St. Lawrence University's Brush Art Gallery have been given an opportunity for quiet reflection and meditation while viewing a sand mandala, constructed by Tenzin Yingyen, a Tibetan Buddhist lama, or master. In Tibetan Buddhism the creation of a colorful, intricately detailed sand mandala, or painting, is considered one of the highest forms of sacred teaching. It represents compassion and is used as a meditation tool. But, like life, it isn't permanent. Last Friday, the Venerable Tenzin Yignyen led a dismantling ceremony. Todd Moe reports. Go to full article
Jan 21, 2005 — Martha Foley talks with a Buddhist monk who is at St. Lawrence University to make a Tibetan sand mandala. The intricate sand paintings represent the cosmos and are used as meditation tools. This weekend, the Venerable Tenzin Yignyen will construct a Buddhist sand mandala at the Brush Art Gallery at St. Lawrence. He'll also present a "Teaching and Meditation on Compassion" in the gallery on Saturday night at 7:30. Go to full article