Traditional Tibetan New Year - Losar 2017

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Monday, February 27th, 2017, at 8am and 10am

Prayer Flags at Norbu Ritse

Losar is New Year on the Tibetan calendar and traditionally marks a time of extensive ceremonies followed by great celebration. The first ceremonies are typically performed before the current year closes for the purpose of purification and removal of obstacles for the coming year. On Losar morning a large Riwo Sangchod ceremony (burnt offerings to local dieties) traditionally takes place followed by a huge celebration that may last for days. Tibetans normally suspend work during the weeks around Losar and here in Brasil we have the auspicious circumstances that Losar corresponds with the time of Carnival, which also is a time of holiday from normal working.

At Dorje Chokhor Ling we will commemorate Losar by performing a grand Riwo Sangchod ceremony at the top of our land, the area we call Norbu Ritse, at 8 o'clock on Losar morning. This will be followed by an offering of food and beverages (non-alcoholic). If it rains all activities will all take place near the temple.

Gesar Dance

Gesar Norbu DradulOn this Losar, due to interdependence, Lama Chimed will perform the Gesar Dance.

Lama Chimed Rigdzin teaches that Gesar Dance and practice are very important at this time. This time is called the Degenerate time because, we, humans, have been engaging in negative actions and thoughts, walking the negative path. That means the degeneration is not due to the time itself, but due to the negativity amongst us, humans. This engagement in negative deeds and thoughts comes from the influence of negative local beings. For this reason, Gesar is so important, as he has the power to subdue such negativities, making peace in the world.

The Gesar Sacred Dance will start at 10am.

These practices are open to everyone, at no cost. We do ask, though, that you arrive at least 15 minutes earlier than the event's starting time.