The Losar Program Schedule will be as follows:
Meditation and Morning Ceremonies beginning at 9:00 AM
We will begin the morning session outside with New Year's prayers and the raising of prayer flags and consecration ceremony. There will also be a Tsong-chod (small fire puja) offering to cleanse the negative energy for all sentient beings and the environment. Tsong-chod is an important practice in tibetan Buddhism. It is an offering to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, Bodhisattvas, Yidams. Making this specific supplication offering also clears obstacles and restores positive energy and brings peace and happiness to all. We will join together for the Amitayus Long Life practice including Tsok (food) offering for His Holiness Dalai Lama, Holinesses Drikung Kyabgon’s Chetsang and Chuntsang and other great lamas and for traditional kata offerings on the throne. We will also include aspiration prayers for world peace. This will be followed by the Dharma protections invocation. At
10:30am we will begin the Sacred Tantric Lama Dances.
1:30pm we will have a potluck lunch. We will prepare Tibetan and Indian food and special Tibetan cookies. We also ask that you bring a favorite dish to share or something for yourself if you are on a special diet for the potluck. You are also welcome to bring something for the Tsok Offering. After the potluck we will have some Tibetan singing and dancing along with Tea, Coffee, Juice and Snacks.
There is a suggested donation of $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. You are welcome to attend and offer what you can, or you can help support at some other time. All proceeds of this event will go to the DKC Enlightenment Stupa project. We will also have Tibetan prayer flags for sale. It is a good time to hang prayer flags at your home to bring in the New Year. In addition, there will be some new items for sale in our Dharma store from Nepal and India.