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Tibetan Buddhist monk visits Unity of Gainesville
Gongmaster Yogi Ray performs a welcoming ceremony for Tenzin Lama Sherpa Wednesday evening at Unity of Gainesville Church. Many of the attendees closed their eyes, or simply stretched out on the floor in order to clear their minds and focus on releasing negative energy. - photo by Michelle Boaen Jameson

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Unity of Gainesville Church was host to a Tibetan Buddhist monk on June 13 for a discussion on healing the mind and body with spirituality.

Tenzin Lama Sherpa was given a welcoming ceremony by gongmaster Yogi Ray, who played a series of meditative gong instruments. The hand-crafted gongs are said to radiate a positive energy as they resonate.

Those in attendance, presumably seeking ways to live a more calm and peaceful life, were able to meditate with Sherpa and ask questions about his approach to holistic healing.

The monk arrived in Forsyth County June 2 for a monthlong visit offering his services to the community.

Sherpa is staying at the NaMestoy Farm, a nonprofit center for retreat and meditation in northwestern Forsyth.

Nancy Amestoy, owner of the farm, said Sherpa has been traveling the U.S. teaching usui reiki healing and Buddhist meditation and philosophy.

Reiki, Amestoy said, is "a very scientifically acknowledged modality for healing" that is used at schools and clinics, including Harvard University.

Sherpa, despite a limited English vocabulary, conveyed the ideology behind reiki. He advises that "finding peace is about understanding others’ suffering."

He said "everything is connected, the heart, colon and brain. From the tip of the hair to the tip of the toes, everything is affected by negative energy."

Happiness, he said, is compassion and wisdom, whereas suffering is ignorance, desire and anger.

A large part of staying healthy he insists, is about being positive and remembering that "life is just a series of passing moments."