Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort Celebrated the First Mayan/Tibetan Cultural Encounter

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Eco tourism complex Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park, located in the Riviera Maya, celebrated the First Mayan/Tibetan Cultural Encounter with great success, during which rituals and conferences were held in order to celebrate the legacy and philosophy of life of these two cultures.

Cultural Encounter

The Tibetan monks constructed the Green Tara Mandala to bring healing energy and peace to the world and Mayan priests held a fire ceremony and a cenote rebirth ceremony to raise the consciousness of participants.

Hacienda Tres Ríos Resort, Spa & Nature Park, located in the Riviera Maya celebrated the First Mayan/Tibetan Cultural Encounter with great success. The knowledge, philosophy and art of these two ancient cultures was analyzed and studied in the face of 2012. Both groups share deep values related to life, harmony and spiritual peace.

With national and international press in attendance, the local media, tourists and distinguished members of society witnessed this coming together of these ancient cultures on September 8-11, 2011. This cultural fusion was held in honor of the World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) World Tourism Day. This year’s theme is Tourism Linking Cultures.

The eco tourism complex is owned by Sunset World Resorts & Vacation Experiences and is recognized as an example of sustainability and preservation of the natural environment and Mayan culture, so it was the ideal setting to promote the preservation and diffusion of these two cultures and analyze their pasts, evaluate their present and study their vision for the future of humanity.

Rimpoche Gala, representative of the group The Mystical Arts of Tibet, made up of the Tibetan Monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery and Richard Gere Productions thanked Hacienda Tres Ríos for hosting this encounter which helped to preserve and promote his culture which has been put in jeopardy by the political situation of the country.

The monk acknowledged the similarities between the Tibetan and Mayan cultures. Both are interested in the common good and obtaining inner peace. As far as the possibility of the world ending in the year 2012, which some feel the Mayan calendar indicates, Rimponche Gala emphasized that we should worry more about our own existence as free beings and living each day in harmony and to the fullest because nobody knows when their time on earth will end.

For three days the Tibetan monks constructed the Green Tara Mandala in the lobby with the purpose of bringing healing energy and peace to the world, resolving conflicts, and promoting success in work and prosperity. The Mandala, made from colored sand, was then destroyed in the closing ceremony symbolizing the impermanence of all things.

During the event, a documentary about Tibetan culture was shown and many ceremonies were held, such as the Lama Chopa Puja, which consists of prayers and offerings. In addition, the Praises to the 21 Taras was held to eliminate obstacles, negativity and sickness, as well as to attract good fortune and long life. Pujas or blessing ceremonies were held to transform any negative energy into positive.
The Mayan culture was represented by Mayan Art Productions and its director Mary Cobá Cupul, who lead different ceremonies like the ceremony to welcome the monks, a cenote rebirth ceremony, during which participants are submerged in the cenote and reemerge with a higher consciousness, and the fire ceremony to bring peace and take us back to the maternal womb. In addition healings and cleansings were performed and participants experienced the Mayan sweat bath, Temazcal.

Other activities included conferences presented by experts in Prehispanic culture and world religions. The archeologist Tomás Pérez Suárez highlighted the richness of Mayan culture and emphasized the importance of learning more about its legacy. He pointed out the need to clear up the end of the world prophecy that is attributed to the Mayans but that so far has not been confirmed, but only contemplated by a few investigators.

Writer Juan Galván Paulín recognized the attention the Mayan culture has received and acknowledged the spiritual necessity of Tibetans. He seemed to agree with Rimpoche Gala about the importance of working towards the common good and looking for solutions together.

Conferences during First Mayan/Tibeten Cultural Encounter included: The Mayan Linguistic Family: History and Diversity, Tibet: Myth and Religion, Plastic Expressions: A Dynamic and Natural Art; The Mandala, Calendar and Writings: History and Registering Time, and Similarities and Differences in Buddist and Prehispanic Mayan Thought.


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