A beautiful sand mandala representing an offering of love and compassion was recently created by two Tibetan Lamas at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis to kick off the Celebration of Tibet on Cape Cod, a series of fundraising events sponsored by Help Tibetan Nuns, Inc. which will take place in the coming weeks at some of Cape Cod’s finest cultural venues. We spoke with Amy McKracken, President of Help Tibetan Nuns, Inc.to learn more about her organization and the upcoming events.
Can you tell us about your organization Help Tibetan Nuns, Inc. and how it started?
In 2011 I first traveled to Tibet and had a profound experience. I was deeply touched by the great hardships faced by the people and in particular the Tibetan nuns. They lack many of the basic things we take for granted like running water, electricity and access to medical care. I returned home determined that I could make a difference in the lives of these women and children. From that determination Help Tibetan Nuns, Inc. was born. The organization is dedicated to helping nuns living in remote areas of the Himalayan region become self-sufficient and improve the quality of their lives.
What are some of the organization’s accomplishments?
Since 2011 we have provided over 600 women and children with funds for food, medicine, education and construction projects. For more information about the humanitarian projects we are working on and how you can help, please visit www.helptibetannuns.org
Can you tell us why you decided to sponsor the “Celebration of Tibet on Cape Cod”?
Tibet possesses an extraordinarily rich cultural heritage and has been considered a mythical land for centuries. My vision for this cultural festival is to make an offering to Cape Cod. I want to share the beauty and wisdom of this inspiring culture to those who might never have an opportunity to learn about what it has to offer.
Can you tell us more about the events of your cultural festival?
The various events we are sponsoring will present a thematic showcase of Tibetan traditions including an art show, two films, dance and ceremony. All event proceeds will be used to help provide humanitarian aid for women and children in this region of the world. I am so grateful for the collaborative efforts of the Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Cape Cinema and The Cultural Center of Cape Cod to host the events and make the festival possible.
Schedule of Events:
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod, 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA
May 21 –June 2 Tibetan Art Show and Sale (Exhibited in The Board Room Gallery)
Featuring Tibetan inspired paintings, Thangkas (Meditative Paintings), photographs of Tibetan scenes and more!
May 24 Free opening reception with snacks and beverages from 5pm-7 pm
June 2 Screening of Documentary "Tsurphu, The Giant Appliques" 7 pm –9 pm
This documentary provides a glimpse into a world rarely seen by the West--and tells the incredible story of two Westerners working side-by-side with Tibetan seamstresses to reclaim a piece of history. This film will be screened in the main hall of the Cultural Center of Cape Cod.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased through https://www.cultural-center.org/#home
Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA
June 9 VIP Reception–Tibetan Dance and Mandala Dissolution Ceremony 5 pm -6:30 pm
Featuring a traditional Tibetan dance performance and a dissolution ceremony by Tibetan lamas of a sand mandala representing compassion and prayers for world peace. Includes hors d’oeuvres, beverages and a movie ticket for “The Last Dalai Lama?” film which will be screened at 7 pm at Cape Cinema, walking distance from the museum. VIP Reception & Movie Tickets are $75 can be purchased through https://www.ccmoa.org/
Cape Cinema, 45 Hope Lane, Dennis, MA June 9
Screening of Documentary "The Last Dalai Lama?" followed by Q & A with Film Director Mickey Lemle 7 pm –9 pm
Twenty-four years after his first film about the 14th Dalai Lama, director Mickey Lemle takes you right up close to the Tibetan holy one's presence —and wisdom. “A surplus of wisdom and benevolence radiates from ‘The Last Dalai Lama?’” –The New York Times
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through https://www.capecinema.com/coming-soon