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Tibetan New Year, Losar

Tuesday, February 5, (All day) 2019

 

Losar is the Tibetan New Year, the most important festival in Tibetan culture, when families get together and celebrate hopes for a better coming year.

Spiritually, the first two weeks of the Tibetan year are particularly powerful. These weeks mark a time when Shakyamuni Buddha was challenged to a duel of mystical powers by a group of  teachers who did not believe in the Buddha's teachings. During each of the 15 Days of Miracles, the Buddha's actions led to many people attaining realizations, ripening karms for higher rebirths and being liberated from samsara.

Each day in this two-week period is an auspicious day for practice.

FPMT says:

Any actions done during that period of time, both auspicious and harmful, are multiplied in their power. Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. It is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study.

Our schedule of special events for this holy season:

Losar, Tuesday, Feb. 5   12-1:30 pm   Guru Puja honoring Lama Yeshe, co-founder of FPMT, who passed away on Losar in 1984
Sunday, Feb. 10   10:30am - 12 pm   Losar celebration in the gompa
Saturday, Feb. 16   1-5 pm   Tara Practice: Treasury of Two Siddhis
Day of Miracles, Feb. 19   12-1 pm   Group Reading of Sanghata Sutra
Day of Miracles, Feb. 19   7-8 pm   Group Reading of Golden Light Sutra