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Festival celebrates Tibetan culture in Philly

Chanting, traditional dance and sand mandala painting will be part of the first Tibetan Festival of the Arts Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Philadelphia.

The festival marks the 20th anniversary of the Tibetan Buddhist Center’s start on Spring Garden, says Losang Samten, founder and director.

“This is very important because over a hundred Tibetans are living in Philadelphia,” Samten said.

After he received a flood of letters asking for a Tibetan Buddhist presence in the city, the Dalai Llama asked that such a center open,

Proceeds from the festival will fund classes in Tibetan language and culture for the community. The church is located at 22nd and Spruces streets and the festival will run from 4 to 7 p.m.

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