SPRING HILL - For the past week, eight Drepung Gomang Buddhist monks have called Spring Hill their temporary home.
The Tibetan Buddhist monks, who are based at a monastery in India, are on a year-long tour of the United States, said Carol Weidele of Spring Hill, who volunteered as photographer for their visit.
The monks have been working on a world peace mandala, an intricate sand painting meant to symbolize the equality of world religions.
The visiting monks also gave a presentation on Tibetan culture at Unity Church in Port Richey during their stay, Weidele said.
Many of the events, including the mandala painting, took place at Gaya Jyoti Yoga Studio and Wellness Center on Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill.
Weidele said Spring Hill offered the monks an intimate setting, especially compared with one of their next stops - Carnegie Hall in New York City.
"This is beyond a dream ... to share love and compassion," Weidele said. "We really are all one."
You can see the monks at 10:30 a.m. today at Unity Truth Center at 5884 Pine Hill Road in Port Richey, and again at 4 p.m. at Drong Ngur Jangchubling Buddhist Center ,30520 Lynne Drive in Wesley Chapel.
More information on the tour is available at http://www.gomang.org/2013_gomang.html.