Calendar of Upcoming Daily Events, Retreats and Activities
Retreat Summer Schedule
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
Losar is the Tibetan New Year! and it 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 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.
15 Days of Miracles Program
- 24 February – Losar – Puja with Tsog & Vajra Cutter Sutra
- 28 February – Day of Strong Purification – Dorje Khadro Fire Puja
- 29 February – Day for Purification with Prostrations and Vajrasattva
- 1 March – Day of World Peace with a Golden Light Sutra
- 2 March – Day to clear obstructions to success with a Tara Puja
- 4 March – Day of Blessings with a Guru Puja with Tsog
- 5 March – Day of Healing with a Medicine Buddha Puja
- 9 March – Chotrul Duchen with a Guru Puja with Tsog
The new year spawns a time of increase in virtuous activity among 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.