Lama Kunga Dorje
Begins: Wednesday 30th January at 4:30 PM
Ends: Tuesday 05th February after lunch
240 Euros [includes all meals and accommodation]
Losar is the Tibetan New Year, a time of auspicious beginnings.
Traditionally this holiday is preceded with a four-day celebration of the longer version of the Mahakala puja. Through the purifying and pacifying powers of the chief Dharma Protector of the Kagyu order, we clear away the negativities of the past year and pray for good luck and the removal of any obstacles in the new.
Mahakala is the wrathful form of Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion; he provides support for the auspicious development of dharma activities, dharma centers and dharma practitioners everywhere. A short version of the Mahakala puja is one of the daily practices in the Halscheid Retreat Center.
The long Mahakala practice phase starts on Wednesday Jan. 30th at 4.30 pm and ends on Sunday Feb. 3d with the burning of the tuntor and a traditional oracle soup in the evening.
We begin celebrating Losar on the 04th at 10 AM with a fire offering puja for the happiness and peace of all sentient beings in the world. We close the evening with a meditation on Avalokiteshvara.
We finish the festivities on Tuesday Feb. 05th with butter tea and saffron rice and then a delicious Losar lunch, enjoying each other’s smiles and best wishes for a happy and joyous Earth-Pig year 2146.