A Special Community Program


Losar 2019 - Lunar New Year

Year of the Earth Boar!

Sunday, February 10th 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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


This year, Losar, or Tibetan New Year’s Day, ushers in the Year of the Earth Boar. The day itself falls on February 5; Westchester Buddhist Center will celebrate Losar as a community on Sunday, February 10. We cordially invite you to attend! Join us at 10:00 am at Eileen Fisher headquarters for meditation and dharma talk, and stay for the New Year’s festivities beginning at 12:30 pm. Or come just for the afternoon.

The boar, or pig, is the twelfth and last animal of the Chinese zodiac, and as it is “Earth Boar” there is some suggestion of solidity, dependability. We have it on reputable authority (i.e., saw it on the Internet) that the “pig supports manifestation through strategic vision and business skills. He promotes happiness and responsibility, attachment to healthy family, and a good work life balance.” Sounds good, let’s go with that, the Year of the Earth Boar looks to be a happy one.

The celebration will include group practice of the Sadhana of Mahamudra, offerings of music and poetry, toasts for the New Year, and a reception, including light buffet.

The Sadhana of Mahamudra was written by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche shortly after he began teaching in the West. It is a chanted liturgy including visualizations, mantra, and periods of formless meditation. It  underscores the profound simplicity of the dharma, and helps practitioners steer a middle path between the extremes of empty intellectualism and blind devotion to protocol. The Sadhana offers an opportunity for everyone to experience the feeling and texture of Vajrayana, or tantric, practice. Copies of the Sadhana text will be provided; but if you have your own copy, please bring it.

Short offerings of music, poetry, dance, or drama are welcome!

After the morning Dharma Gathering with Jane Kolleeny, here is the timeline of our schedule for the day :

Noon - 1:15 pm - Lunch

1:15 pm  We gather in the main hall for offerings

1:25 pm - 2:00 pm Readings & Offerings

2:05 pm Gifts to Volunteers / Gifts to Teachers

2:30 pm Gather for Toasts

2:45 pm Sadhana of Mahamudra

3:45 pm Clean-up

We look forward to seeing you there!