Sand Mandala being created at Net Loft

Dennis Evans

Gabriola Ecumenical Society

Tuesday, June 7 2016

Venerable Lama Losang Samten has been sharing teachings of loving kindness, joy and compassion as well as the path to enlightenment for almost 30 years. Losang lived and studied over 20 years in the Namgyal Monastery (the Monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama) earning the highest degree attainable at the monastery, equivalent to a doctoral degree in the west. He also became a Master of Ritual Dance and Sand Mandalas and was personal attendant to HH the XIV Dalai Lama prior to moving to the US in 1988. He is the Spiritual Director of several Buddhist Centres in North America with a home base in Philadelphia.

Losang has led an illustrious career creating sand mandalas that follow the ancient Buddhist tradition. Here, on Gabriola, he will be creating the Blue Medicine Buddha Sand Mandala at the Net Loft. The Medicine Buddha is one of the most important healing practices in the Buddhist tradition. The retreat following the creation of the mandala will emphasize this practice for healing oneself and others. The retreat will start Friday, June 17, and end at noon on the June 19. The dispersal of the mandala is open to the public with no registration necessary and will start at 1:30 p.m. on June 19. 

Please register at for the full retreat or for attending just individual days. Everyone is welcome, no experience is necessary.

Losang has also played the role of the attendant to the young Dalai Lama in Martin Scorsese’s film, Kundun, where he also served as the religious technical advisor. He will be showing Kundun at the Roxy Theatre on June 11 at 7:00 p.m. and his lively account of the making of Kundun on the June 12. This will be at the Roxy as well, at 7:00 p.m.  If you are interested in these and other events planned around Losang’s visit to our island, please contact