A Special Program


 

Losar 2017 - Lunar New Year, Year of the Fire Rooster


Sunday, February 26, (10 AM - 4:30 PM)

Eileen Fisher Headquarters, 2 Bridge Street, Irvington. View directions & map

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Greetings Westchester Buddhist Center community!

Please join us for our annual celebration of Losar, the Lunar New Year on Sunday February 26th at Eileen Fisher Headquarters in Irvington. Activities will go from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm but you may come for any part or all of it. Please feel free to bring friends, family members, significant others, co-workers, etc – this is a great opportunity to introduce them to how you have been spending your Sundays.

 

Schedule for Losar/Shambhala Day

10:00 am – 12:00 pm       Dharma Gathering - group sitting, dharma talk and discussion

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm         Lunch from Sambal Thai Restaurant

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm          Practice of The Sadhana of Mahamudra meditation practice

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm          Performance and celebratory offerings

 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm         Clean up and departure

 

At 10 am we will have our usual dharma gathering. This starts with sitting for 30 minutes, during which time brief meditation instruction is offered upstairs, and then a dharma talk ending with Q&A.  The talk will be on “Understanding and Dissolving the Struggle of the Three Lords of Materialism in our Life, Practice and Path” by John Baker.

At 12 noon we will offer a festive lunch from nearby Thai Restaurant, Sambal. This is a time to relax, celebrate the occasion, meet other participants in our activities, and introduce any guests you might have brought to your WBC friends.

At 2 pm we will practice The Sadhana of Mahamudra. The Sadhana was composed in 1968 by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and its recitation is a practice that is only done in a public setting on special occasions. If you have a copy of the Sadhana, please bring it along. While this is a complex practice, it is accessible to everyone even newcomers. The practice involves quickly chanting a liturgy along with visualization and some repetition of a mantra, however the main benefit is to experience the energy of our lineage and thereby connect to it. Here is a link to a website that has a good explanation of it, especially the article in the middle called “About the Sadhana” by Carolyn Gimian: http://www.chronicleproject.com/stories_110.html.

At 3 pm we will continue our festivities with a performance from sangha (community) member Harry Einhorn, offering his vocal arrangement of various original Tibetan songs. Harry Einhorn is a student of classical Indian music under Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee and also draws from his background in sacred choral music and musical theater. His work has been shown at the Rubin Museum, the Composer's Now Festival, and most recently in Bodhgaya, India, for the Siddhartha Festival.

At 3:30 pm we will have an open and informal celebration of the dharma where members will read favorite poems or stories. Then we will offer thanks and gifts to our volunteers, without whom we wouldn’t be here. We will conclude with toasts of inspiration and thanks and with a song that Trungpa Rinpoche wrote, as the anthem for the enlightened society that he envisioned, called the Shambhala Anthem. 

At 4:30 pm we will begin clean up, as we need to vacate the space completely by 5 pm, so we hope you will help us accomplish this. 

We hope you will be able to join us, and we look forward to a wonderful celebration with all of you!!!