Tibetan New Year: Celebrating the Year of the Earth Dog

Posted February 6, 2018 at 5:00 am by

Gus­Gus Blair Laz­zari, Year of the Earth Dog — Mike Laz­zari photo

Feb­ru­ary 16 is Losar, or the Tibetan New Year, ush­er­ing in the year of the earth dog. Accord­ing to Tibetan astrol­o­gy the year of the dog brings out qual­i­ties of hon­esty and loyalty.

Sakya Kachod Chol­ing, Tibetan Bud­dhist retreat cen­ter on San Juan Island, will be cel­e­brat­ing Losar on Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 16, at 1:30 PM with med­i­ta­tion, prayers, read­ings, and recita­tions in the shrine room. You may bring flow­ers and food offer­ings for the shrine and requests for prayers. Tibetan sweet rice, tea and cof­fee will be served fol­low­ing the med­i­ta­tion session.

The pro­gram will be repeat­ed at 1:30 PM on Sun­day, Feb­ru­ary 18, for those who can­not be here for the New Year cel­e­bra­tion on Fri­day and again on every day at 1:30 PM up to and includ­ing the Day of Mir­a­cles on Fri­day March 2, 2018.  The mer­it of pos­i­tive actions is said to be mul­ti­plied when cre­at­ed dur­ing this time.

If you are curi­ous about Tibetan Bud­dhism or our cen­ter here on the island this would be an aus­pi­cious oppor­tu­ni­ty to intro­duce your­self to this valu­able resource. Call 360–378-4059 for details and directions.

Tibetan Bud­dhist retreat cen­ter on San Juan Island — Con­tributed photo

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