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Tibetan Singing Bowl Meditation

Did you buy a singing bowl from the tibetan monks?

Do you miss the vibrational energy of the monks being on GCU’s campus?

Dr. Stephanie Argyris, MD will be leading a bowl centered meditation using Tibetan Singing Bowls.

Come “BATHE” in an Ocean of  SOUND
It will take place Wednesday, October 19th
3pm to 4pm
At the Lagoon on the GCU campus, weather permitting
Rain Location Chapel 

Bring your own Singing Bowls or Crystal bowls or just come to listen

Drepong Gomang Tibetan Monks use brass Tibetan Singing Bowls to accompany their daily Meditation and Chanting practices. The use of sound has been a sacred and hidden aspect of  Tibetan ceremonial rites for many centuries.

Come experience the magical healing effects of Sound, Toning and Music using the singing bowls as a door.

The otherworldly tones of the bowls will fill the space around us and bathe us in  rich, penetrating vibrations. The deep notes/ tones with strong vibrato will  physically resonate through our bodies touching our core essences, positively affecting our minds as well as our physiology. The tones and overtones carry within them a wealth of knowledge about the cosmos and all of its truths.

Watch inner chaos, conflict and negatively charged emotions melt into a harmonious sense of calm centeredness that resonates through every cell of our body and mind.  Feel the Tranquility, Peace and Acceptance. See pronounced shifts in your mood and emotions; your feelings and perceptions may be positively altered … Remember the absolute beauty and unconditional harmony of the Universe and reawaken our connection to our own inner true essence.

Come,  step into a moment out of Time that will offer us a release from the distractions and stresses of our outside world. Feel the sound waves move through us and around us. Experience a relief of pressure and a new sense of lightness  as we explore and enjoy an age old mind – body practice for stress reduction and spiritual awakening.

Come immerse yourselves in the vibrations of the Singing Bowls.

Stephanie P. Argyris, M.D. has an extensive background in traditional Medicine, as a Physiatrist, as well as in Complementary & Alternative Medicine healing modalities. Dr. Argyris graduated from Douglass College of Rutgers University with a B.A. in Chemistry. Her medical degree is from UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 1983, Piscataway, N.J. Her residency was completed at Robert Wood Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, 1986, in Edison, N.J. She conducted much research on Post trauma Vision Syndrome seen in patients following Traumatic Brain Injury. She founded and runs Sail-Habilitation, a NPO sailing program for those with physical disabilities and special needs.

Dr. Argyris had a private practice in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for over 25 years in Ocean County, N.J. She is a practicing Usui Reiki Master, a Shamanic Healing Practitioner and Energy Healer. She is UCLA Certified in Medical Acupuncture. She has training in Cranio-Sacral Therapy and Transformational Healing with Her Holiness Sai Maa Lakshmi Devi. Dr. Argyris has studied with different indigenous shamans throughout the United States, Hawaii, Mexico & Canada; she has worked extensively at Delphi and throughout Greece. She travels around the world performing healing ceremonies at different Sacred Sites, healing our Mother Earth. For the past decade, she has been practicing as a Facilitator of Spiritual Consciousness Awakening. She teaches many different types of courses, for example, on Consciousness Awakening, Core Shamanism and she facilitates Drumming Circles. She is leading Full Moon Ceremonies in the Grand Itza Mayan Council style as we progress towards December 21st , 2012. She takes groups to different Sacred Sites around the globe so they may experience the wonders of this planet. She is an adjunct Faculty at Georgian Court University, Lakewood, N.J. in their Holistic Health Master’s Program teaching varied courses but specializing in Energy Medicine and Native American Medicine as well as being a guest Lecturer at UMDNJ for their Medical and Physician Assistant students and faculty.

Monks Closing Ceremony

The Friday morning of the Monks Closing Ceremony was a beautiful day.

The crowd was definitely much larger than expected by the coordinators of the event. Many of the freshmen seminar classes joined us which was really great to see. In order to clear the Ballroom of chairs, we were all moved outside and treated to a chanting prayer outside the casino.


Here are some pictures of that amazing moment.


After the prayer outside, we all went inside to begin the closing ceremony. There were thank you’s to GCU, a story about Tibet, and the breaking up of the mandala which I have pictures and videos to share with you.






Closing ceremony
The sanda mandala is constructed all week with the intention to be destoyed at the end of the week. The destruction shows one of the monks messages while they were here of impermanence. The term expresses the Buddhist notion that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is in a constant state of flux. The beautiful mandala is built to show that nothing is permanent and all things chance. The love, compassion, and energy they put into the mandala should teach us all that we should put that into every aspect of our live even though things will changes, things will break a part, and things will be lost on our journey. The “things” are anything and everything in our life whether it be school,  job, or relationships. I hope you all can walk away really living out that message from here on out.

Monks Debate and Snow Lion Dance


Thursday night was such a joy with the monks.

First performed was the snow lion dance which we have video of thanks to the wonderful Christine Rochelle (I also have to attribute much of the success of this blog to her as well for being an amazing teacher and help).

Here is the video of the monks debate. This was so much fun to watch, especially if you had spent time with the monks. They were so calm, peaceful, and had a presence you really can’t describe with words. The monks use this debate in the monastery to strengthen their ability to communicate. I spoke with John who said what the monks are debating is not important, most of the time are argue over silly things like saying a white shirt is grey. The debate is used to show us how the monks are compassionate, loving, and expressive and we should use that in our own life. 


The snow lion dance was also performed which was really enjoyable for most of the audience. Sachiko’s young daughter was scared of the large size of the lion, especially his teeth. At the 40 second mark, you can see the lion go right up to Anna. She tried so hard to hide behind her Mom. To show how truly loving and caring the monks are, the monk who was inside the lion costume came right over to Anna after he was out of the costume to tell her he was in the costume. He told her he did nto mean to scare her and that she does not need to be afraid.




Mandala Completion

Hi Everyone!

Last Thursday, I was lucky enough to be in the ballroom right after the mandala was completed by the monks. It is customary to perform a ceremony of chanting prayer in honor of completion of the mandala. I am so honored to have been in the room for this.

Here are 2 videos of the ceremony. The first one is longer than the second.

The energy in the room was indescribable. You could feel all of the love and compassion just filling your heart.



Offerings that were added each day

These are the Buddhas that hund in the window all week. The Buddha on the right in blue is the Buddha of medicine. The Buddha on the left in white is compassion Buddha which is the mandala that was created specifically for GCU to match the GCU Mercy Core Values.

Monks Opening!

Hello Everyone,

First, I would like to strongly encourage each and every one of you to take some time to go see the Monks during the week. You will definitely feel their peaceful presence and warmth just by being around them. I can guarantee that no matter what mood you are in when you see them, you will walk away feeling better.

They opened the ceremony with an opening prayer/chant.

We were than able to go and see the Sand Mandala which is even more beautiful than I could imagine. They started the mandala on Monday and made a lot of progress by the end of the evening. This mandala is being built all week and then will be taken a part and placed in the lake during the closing ceremony on Friday. You have to see it in person to really appreciate the work, but just try to imagine making the mandala out of sand. They have all different size tools that help put large amounts of sand or 3 grains of sand at a time. The manadala that is being built for GCU is the compassion mandala which is from the Buddha of compassion. It is meant to give love, campassion, and peace not only to all of GCU, but to the world.

Sand Mandala


Are there Monk Effects?

Compassion Mandala being formed by the monksWith Geshe Lharampa Lobsang Dhondup

This morning on 9/26/11, approximately 40 people gathered at the Peace Pole at GCU as Sacred Arts Tour (8 Tibetan monks) performed its opening ceremony.  Soon Compassion sand mandala began collecting colorful sand meticulously placed by the monks using thin long pipe-like metal instrument.  The overtone chanting, as one of our undergraduate students described as “sounds more like singing,” touched our whole being.  Everyone whom I could see in the audience showed peaceful facial expression as they sat quietly and absorb all they can from the monks presence and actions.  Some closed their eyes throughout the chanting and prayers.  It was an experience that transcended language, religion, spiritual practice, and cultural differences to all of us.

So are there any Monk Effects?  What happens in our body and soul when we meet monks who have been devoting their lives since their childhood to peace and compassion?  Spontaneous smiles, waving of hands, bowing, and wanting to approach the monks—are these all considered Monk Effects?  If so, how long does it last and how far do these effects travel with each individual?

At lunch time, monks ate their lunch in the cafeteria with the GCU community.  We were all curious and asked many serious as well as casual questions to the monks while eating.  For instance, when did you enter the monastery?  What can I do to calm my mind while trying to meditate?  At our table, Geshe Lharampa Lobsang Dhondup, one of the 2 leaders of the tour responded in Tibetan, and then it was interpreted into English by Tempa.

Six hours since the beginning of sand mandala formation, its central area’s details have been complete.  Looking at the posture monks are in during sand mandala formation—completely bent-over from the hip forward in seated position—seem to give a significant strain to their neck and back.  I had the privilege of giving back to the monks by the ancient healing art of massage, shiatsu, and gentle touch.  Many of them appear to benefit from more body work to them while they give us the monk effects that I described above throughout this very special week here at Georgian Court University Lakewood campus.  Hope to see more and more people experience monk effects!


Dr. Sachiko Komagata, P.T., Ph.D is an Associate Professor & Chair
Department of Holistic Health & Exercise Science. She teaches many diffferent courses with the holistic health program at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Monks are coming to GCU!


I want to encourage everyone to take some time this week to go visit with GCU’s special guests this week. Tibetan monks will be at GCU all week from the Drepung Gomang Monastery. While on the Sacred Arts Tour, they hope to raise funds through donations to educate, feed, house, and care for almost 2,000 exiled Tibetan monks in Southern India.

The monks will construct a sand mandala which is a circular design, usually composed of dyed sand particles, that is a visual representation of the Buddhist path from its beginnings to complete enlightenment. Buddhists believe that the mandala is a deity’s divine environment. The construction of a mandala is a sacred ceremony for Buddhists, and these ceremonies have been made available for public viewing only in recent years. They will also be conducting workshops and cultural presentations, most of which will be open to the public.

Take a look at the schedule of events below and make some time to take part in this extremely special event. The Monks will also be selling Tibetan goods to raise funds for the monastery. If you attend of the events, I would love for your thoughts and experiences to be shared on the blog!