Shambhala Day/Losar Lhasang @ Chautauqua Park (In-Person)

February 17th

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    Losar Lhasang at Chautauqua Park (In-Person)
    Saturday February 17, 2024

    Free and open to all! No need to register, just come!

    Lhasang is one of the most common rituals in Tibet. It is a ritual of purification, cleansing people and places of any obstructions, obstacles, or negative forces. It also brings down blessings in the form of wisdom, efficacy, and power. Juniper is typically burned in the lhasang fire, and the fragrant smoke travels up to the heavens, attracting the higher beings of samsara and the enlightened ones; thus the smoke becomes a kind of passageway or lightning rod down which their blessings can descend, filling participants with a sense of well-being, understanding, and happiness.

    SHAMBHALA DAY marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. Based on the traditional Tibetan New Year’s celebration of Losar, the day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar cycles.

    This is an outdoor ceremony. Dress appropriately!

    We will meet at the Chautauqua open field "Lawn" on map, at Baseline Road and 9th Street, north of the restaurant.

    For more about lhasangs, check out Dan Hessey's and Walker Blaine’s 2018 article, The Magic of Lhasang.

    Hope to see you there!