Friday, March 04, 2011

Losar Tibetan New Year 2011

Tomorrow I will be visiting Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre to celebrate Losar, Tibetan New Year. A joyous occasion.

Losar Greetings Card by Lama Thubten Kunsal, from a monastery in Derge, Eastern Tibet.

The Tibetan New Year of 2011 bounds in with the Female Iron Hare or Rabbit, which is said to be a particularly joyful and prosperous year ahead. Calligraphy by Tashi Mannox

The yearly Mahakala practice culminates with a ceremonial 'cham' dance to symbolically chase out and repel the demons of the old year, called the black hat dance. The main character of the dance is usually performed by a high Lama who is particularly adapt at the visualization of the sadhana called dorje lopon.

Gyaltsap Rimpoche as Dorje Lopon.

Steam cooked Mo Mos. Losar Celebration. Each New year of the Tibetan and Chinese Calendar for the last thirty plus I have Celebrated in the traditional way. Always at any festive moment people eat. We do our practice, resolve to be happy and wish all auspiciousness for the benefit of all sentient beings. Anyway, traditionally Tibetans cook Mo mos, steamed, lamb or beef filled, spiced pastry wraps, very tasty morsels. I was shown the process in Rumtek Monastery Sikkim in the late nineteen seventies and have cooked them each year since, many times actually because they are so nice. You would be amazed to how many you could eat. Often eaten with a thin meat broth sprinkled with fresh coriander.

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