Losar (Tibetan and Chinese New Year's Day)

Losar (Tibetan and Chinese New Year's Day)

Date: Tue, Feb 05, 2019 5:30 am - 2:30 pm
Duration: 9 Hours

2019YearOfPig Red

Year of the Earth Pig


5:30 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.  

9:00 am | Lighting of 500 Butterlamps
9:30 am
 | Prayers for long life and auspicious conditions for the new year. These include Prayers to the Sixteen Arhats, and the practices of Medicine Buddha, White Mahakala, and Green Tara (see descriptions below)Tea and ceremonial rice (dresi) will be offered to the assembly during the chanting.

  • The Sixteen Arhats vowed at the time of the Buddha’s parinirvana to remain in the world and maintain the Dharma until the time of the future Buddha Maitreya.
  • Medicine Buddha vowed to free all sentient beings from their mental and physical illnesses. 
  • White Mahakala is a powerful deity that emanated from the compassion of Chenrezi to dispel the spiritual and material poverty of sentient beings.
  • Green Tara, the feminine embodiment of enlightened activity, is known for her power to reverse unfavorable conditions and protect beings from fear.

1:00 pm | Lunch
If you would like to join us for lunch, kindly RSVP to reservations@kagyu.com


There are many ways to particpate 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:

Kagyu 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.

You may donate any amount and provide us with the names for dedication (both living and deceased).  To make these dedications, download the donation form in Chinese and English. 

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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