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02/20/2020 – Losar (Tibetan New Year) Schedule 2020 Year of the Iron Rat Clearing Obstacles for the New Year

02/20/2020 - 02/24/2020

February 20 – 24, 2020

We invite you to join us in prayers to clear obstacles in the coming year. The dates of the chanting practices are listed below. To confirm starting times for chanting, please call close to each event (845-297-2500).

February 20 (Thursday)

9:00 am | Mahakala Chanting (Tsendring, the extended version of the Protector Bernachen practice)
These extended Mahakala prayers are performed to clear away obstacles for the new year.  Bernachen swore an oath to protect the Buddha’s teachings.  As the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa has taught, Bernachen and the Karmapa are inseparable.

February 21 (Friday)

9:00 am | Mahakala Chanting (Tsendring, the extended version of the Protector Bernachen practice) with Long Life Ritual (Chiblu) 
Chiblu, a vajrayana ritual, is a profound means to avert obstacles to long life.

February 22 ( Saturday)

9:00 am | Mahakala Chanting (Tsendring, the extended version of the Protector Bernachen practice) and Evening Fire Offering (Sür)
The evening fire offering averts obstacles and sickness, clears away karmic debts, and is dedicated to those who are dying and deceased.

February 24 (Monday)| Losar Day – First Day of the Tibetan New Year

5:00 am | Welcome in the New Year with the traditional playing of instruments and offering the white offering scarves (katas) to the shrines.
6:00 am | Morning Fire Offering (Sang)
This special morning purification fire ceremony is an offering to all worldly gods and the 4 guests: Buddhas & Bodhisattvas; Protectors; sentient beings; and those with whom we have karmic debts. This practice pacifies war, encourages peace and averts sickness.  

There are many ways to participate in these auspicious activities. During all of these dates, the shrine room is open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join us for any amount of time. Additionally, it is possible to sponsor the chanting.

For those who wish to sponsor the chanting, donations can be made towards meals, fire offering ceremonies, or the tea served during the chanting. General contributions towards these special practices are also welcome. Be sure to include a prayer with your donation which will be read aloud to the assembly.

You may make your donations on-line or simply mail your tax-deductible contribution to:

Palpung Thubten Chöling
Attn: Office
245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.

Please make checks payable to Kagyu Thubten Choling or KTC.  For credit card payments (VISA or MasterCard), mail a credit card charge form to the above KTC address or fax it to (845) 297-5761.  For your protection, please do not email your credit card information.

As we are not able to check email during chanting events, please send your prayer request and sponsorship information 48 hours before the first day of chanting to guarantee that we receive it in time to announce your prayer. If you are not able to do that, please leave a short but clear message of your prayer on  845-297-2500  and we will do our best to have your prayer announced.

There is no charge for attending the chanting but reservations are required one week in advance if you plan to join us for meals and/or need overnight accommodations. Please see General Information about Events at KTC for details. Please send an email to reservations@kagyu.com if you are joining us for meals only.


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Palpung Thubten Chöling
245 Sheafe Road
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 United States
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