Monks Blessed Land in Leadville on Monday
Land Blessing by Tibetan Monks in Leadville Today
If you hear the sounds of long, sonoric chants coming from the old Hitchin’ Post on Highway 91 north of Leadville Today (Aug. 28), don’t be too alarmed. While the dilapidated building, in its recent state, has been giving new meaning to the phrase “run-down old motel,” that’s all about to change. To mark the occasion of the transformation, on Monday, Aug. 28, the Gaden Shartse Buddhist Monks will be conducting a land blessing at the property located at 3164 Hwy 91, formally known as the Hitchin’ Post Motel.
Rev. Lisa Giroux has purchased the property with her husband Jeff and they have big plans for the area, including leveling the old motel and remodeling the former caretakers cabin. But first the couple has invited the Monks who are visiting in neighboring Aspen this summer, to conduct a Land and Community blessing. The Land Blessing will be today at 5 p.m., so plan some extra time to get there and get situated. The public is invited, with an offering being collected by donation. Dress for the weather and attendees are asked to bring their own chairs.
Rev. Lisa Giroux is a self-described Modern Mystic and is well known as a Reiki Master Teacher, practicing in Lake County for decades. The couple’s newly formed company – River and Willows LLC – will be offering a variety of services, including intimate marriage ceremonies under the name Tiny Weddings.
Questions? Contact Rev Lisa Giroux. 719.293.4157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Monks, from their website:
Gaden Shartse Monastic College is situated amid lush green hills and jungle in the remote countryside of southern India. It was founded in 1969 as an effort to re-establish one of the great monastic traditions of Tibet. A small group of elder monks and fifteen young boys, all of whom had managed to escape the destruction in Tibet, settled on land given to them by the Indian government in Mundgod, Karnataka.
Today the college is at the forefront of the revival of Tibetan Monastic education, with more than 1600 resident students, teachers, scholars, and spiritual practitioners. More than 70% of the members are between the ages of 10 and 25 and 80% of these were born in Tibet. To this day, young monks arrive at the Monastery weekly from Tibet, seeking shelter and education. Due to the success of the academic program and the quality of the teachers at the monastery, Gaden Shartse has established a reputation as being the leader in the field of Buddhist and Tibetan studies.