Calendar of Upcoming Daily Events, Retreats and Activities
Retreat Summer Schedule
Transforming Problems into Happiness: 24 - 26 January
The Essence of Buddhism: Janaury 31 - 9 February
The 16 Guidelines for a happy life: 14 - 16 February
Calming the Mind with Wisdom: 24 -27 February
HE Ling Rinpoche: 6-8 March
April & May Meditation weekend retreats
Recognizing Natural Awareness Meditation: 24-26 April
The Art of Mindful Living: 15-17 May
In preparation for Ling Rinpoche’s visit in March we are having a working bee on the 22nd February. All are welcome. A vegetarian lunch will be provided. Bring sturdy shoes and the slip slop slap protection.
Losar and the 15 Days of Miracles
Program to be announced: 24 February - 5th March
Losar is the Tibetan New Year! Tibetan New Year is the most important festival in Tibet. It is an occasion when Tibetan families reunite and expect a better coming year. Known as Losar, the festival starts from 1st to 3rd of the 1st Tibetan month. Specially made offerings are offered to family shrine deities; doors are painted with religious symbols; other painstaking jobs are done to prepare for the event.
Losar is the Tibetan New Year and the first two weeks, in particular, commemorate the time when the Buddha uncharacteristically displayed his power by doing a number of miracles to win over hundreds (if not thousands) of disciples from a teacher who was a non-believer of what the Buddha taught and challenged him to a dual of mystical powers. At the end of the two week period, the Buddha had clearly won the match and as a result all present converted to the practices taught by the Buddha.
The new year spawns a time of increase in virtuous activity amongst Buddhist practitioners. Any actions done during that period of time, for better or worse, are multiplied in their power by virtue of being in alignment or out of alignment with the great deeds the Buddha himself did during this same astrological period over 2,500 years ago. It is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study as the power of that magical event can be harnessed to assist in our personal evolution towards enlightenment.
Lama Zopa Rimnpoche’s advice on ways to make the 15 days of Miracles special.