Gyuto Monks visit Henley Brook


Sherap Gyatso, Lobsang Tenpa, Lobsang Gelek and Sangey Tsering with 'Wonder' the horse during the blessing of The Henley Brook. The Gyuto Monks of Tibet visit The Henley Brook. Picture: David Baylis
Sherap Gyatso, Lobsang Tenpa, Lobsang Gelek and Sangey Tsering with 'Wonder' the horse during the blessing of The Henley Brook. The Gyuto Monks of Tibet visit The Henley Brook. Picture: David Baylis

FROM the Himalayas to Henley Brook, the Gyuto Monks are dedicated to promoting peace.

Touring around Australia since March, the six Monks enjoyed a rare day off at The Henley Brook in the Swan Valle to bless the recently opened pub.

Owner Justin Grogan said he was honoured to have the Monks bless his newest business venture, as well as his resident horses.

“The Monks first visited when I had Clancy’s (Pub in Fremantle),” he said.

“This is there first time here at The Henley Brook.”

Tour manager Maureen Fallon first encountered the Monks in Australia in the 90s, and has toured with them around the globe for the past 22 years.

“The Monks tour around the world to give people a taste of being positive,” she said.

“They practice kindness and compassion, as well as making people aware of what is happening in Tibet.”

Exiled from India, the Monks sought refuge in the Tibetan village of Dharamshala, where the Dalai Lama resides.

“The Monks have a beautiful presence,” Ms Fallon said.

“They naturally create attract a lot of attention, as they did at The Henley Brook.

“People are very surprised and don’t know what’s happening.”

They group has been in Western Australia since the beginning of October, after visiting schools, Aboriginal communities and performing in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

The group will head to the south west of the state, before going back to NSW.

Ms Fallon said she hoped to continue visiting WA.

“I’ve been bringing them here for 22 years,” she said.

“We have a large support base in the west, and we would love to keep going back to the west coast.”