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Buddhist monk makes annual visit to Forsyth County retreat center
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Tenzin Lama Sherpa, a Buddhist monk, is visiting NaMestoy Farm, a retreat center in Forsyth County, through Aug. 4, 2019. - photo by Brian Paglia

When Tenzin Lama Sherpa grew up in Nepal, he started to get in with the wrong crowd, he said. He stopped going to school, and so his parents gave him a choice: continue on that path or go to the local monastery.

At 13 years old, Sherpa joined the monastery and became a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Now based in San Francisco, he travels the country to teach and lead sessions on meditation and reiki healing.

Sherpa’s latest stop is at NaMestoy Farm, a retreat and meditation nonprofit center in northwestern Forsyth, where he’s staying through Aug. 4.

A welcoming ceremony for Sherpa is planned for Sunday, July 14, from 5-7 p.m. Sherpa will be leading a session on “the art of breathing,” and Gabriel Nelson Sears, a vibrational sound therapist, will perform music.

Sherpa has been visiting NaMestoy Farm since 2012 when he was connected with Nancy Amestoy, the owner of the farm, through one of a mutual friend in Dallas.

Amestoy had moved into the 14-acre estate two years prior with her husband, Martin. Two weeks later, he died in a bicycle accident at Stone Mountain.

Amestoy wavered on what to do with the property. When her friend called, Amestoy decided to contact Sherpa.

“I thought, ‘I might as well, I’m not doing anything else,’” she said.

Sherpa has been coming ever since. He teaches visitors about the benefits of meditation through breathing exercises and yoga. In past visits, Sherpa has led visitors through a three-day silent meditation.

He will also perform reiki healing, the practice of channeling energy into patients through touch to restore the patient’s physical and emotional well-being.

“Everything is energy in the universe,” Sherpa said. “We are connected with the whole universe.”

After his visit, Sherpa will be going to Decatur Healing Arts, but he hopes to leave Forsyth County having helped visitors develop a greater awareness for their own being and the world around them.

“This is something people are missing,” Sherpa said. “Awareness, mindfulness, is very important all the time.