Thangkas event to be held Monday
The Venerable Lama Gyaltsen will display various thangkas at Lumeria Maui on Monday and explain the symbolic inner meaning of each element of the sacred art depicted.
The event at 1813 Baldwin Ave. in Makawao will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Admission is $20 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Maui Dharma Center.
During the event, Gyaltsen "will introduce the basis for the profound methods of Vajrayana meditation using the thangka as a support for visualization," according to an announcement.
"A thangka is a beautiful form of sacred art usually drawn, painted or printed on canvas or paper encircled by a border of exquisite silk brocade showing an image of a divine being, revealing the intricate aspects of a mandala or telling a spiritual story," the announcement says. "On a deeper level, thangkas serve as a teaching tool and a visual support for meditation, making them indispensable to the practitioner. Thangkas are both visually and mentally stimulating in helping the practitioner to internalize the enlightened qualities of compassion and wisdom."
Two to join missions in the Philippines
Two Valley Isle Fellowship members will leave for the Philippines on Saturday to join Two Thirds World Network missions in areas hit by storms, flooding and an earthquake.
The work will include medical missions, food distribution, water filtration system installments and children's outreach to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. The areas served will include Manila and Ilocos Sur on Luzon, which have been affected by a series of storms and flooding. The team also will travel to Bihol, which experienced an earthquake several weeks ago.
For more information on future missions, go to twothirdsworld.org or contact Vince Bagoyo at email@example.com.
Centering prayer workshop Nov. 9
A centering prayer introductory workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 9 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Makawao.
Centering prayer is an ancient contemplative practice that helps develop a deeper relationship with God, according to a news release.
The workshop, hosted by Contemplative Outreach Hawaii and the church, is for those new to centering prayer and those wanting a refresher in the topic.
For more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The workshop is free. Donations will be accepted.
Packing party set for Sunday
Grace Bible Church is hosting a packing party from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday to pack shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for needy children overseas.
Volunteers are welcome to join in the event to pack about 200 boxes to be sent to children living in poverty in more than 100 countries. The effort is part of the nonprofit Operation Christmas Child.
People can also pack their own boxes and drop them off at the church at 635 Hina Ave. in Kahului from Nov. 18 to 25. Boxes with donated items can also be dropped off that week at Hope Chapel in Kihei and Lahaina Baptist Church.