Losar is the Tibetan New Year. Greet His Holiness the 34th on this most Auspicious Day.
Tuesday, February 21, 2023 8-9am ET
Bön Shen Ling will present His Holiness 34th online we offer happy new year wishes to His Holiness and receive a nourishing blessing from His Holiness to us. Bön Shen ling welcomes participation by all bon teaching centers and Bön community centers from around the world if your center wishes to participate please promptly register online and email Bön Shen Ling. We will be in touch regarding the designated representative for each group. Each greeter should have a nice long white khata and flower to present His Holiness. The ceremony will conclude with Rinpoche chanting.
Losar is the time for blooming trees and flowers, and inwardly we sense the energizing with Cha, Yang, Pal, Tse, Sog, and at the dawning of the New Year. This is Chotrul Dawa, the month of Tonpa Shenrab’s birth, during which all positive or negative deeds are multiplied 100,000 times.
For the past 18,040 years, this historical first month of the lunar calendar has marked the beginning of the Tibetan New Year in commemoration of Tonpa Shenrab’s birth month. According to the lunar calendar, this year Losar is the celebration of the beginning of the New Year on the lunar calendar.
The first day is the Lamas’s Losar. Most people go to the temple in the morning to take first blessing of the year. At the temple, first to do in front of shrine perform an offering of “Chemar”, which is Tsampa (a mixture of butter and flour), from a beautifully decorated special wooden cup. The time for offering Chemar is when you enter the temple before being seated. Between your thumb and index finger, take a little Tsampa and nicely, gently throw some into the shrine area three times while saying:
Tashi Delek Phun Sum Tsok
Wishing you abundance of merits
E Ma Bak Dro Ku Kham Zang
Wishing you excellent longevity
Ten Dhu De War Thop Par Shok
Wishing you an everlasting happy
After throwing for the third time, eat a small portion yourself.
Then three prostrations to the shrine, and then offer a Khata and any additional offering to the shrine and lamas offer your gifts and have blessing cord from Rinpoche for protection and blessing of new year
Then you can be seated and enjoy the first day of the year with tea and some Khapsay for no more then 5 minute next visitor are waiting
The second day is for family gatherings and parties.
The third day is for visiting from family to family,
The family will give you hot rice wine mixed with sugar, and dry cheese. The wine should be hot, and goes easily to your head, to wake you up, or something! You may want more but be very careful. Then you can share your gifts.