Losar tigerPlease join us virtually in welcoming in Tibetan New Year. 2022 is the year of the Water Tiger, representing courage, confidence, leadership and strength. 
Geshe Lobsang and Geshe Namgyal will begin the New Year celebration with Losar prayers, Palden Lhamo and Yamantaka pujas. Palden Lhamo is the official protector deity of Tibet. Yamantaka is the wrathful form of Manjushri.  Manjushri is the Buddha of Wisdom.
Thursday, March 3, Prayers, 4:00 am, Arizona time, Zoom.  Prayers conclude before sunrise, 6:54 am.

In Tibetan society, the day before new year’s day is a time to thoroughly clean and begin the abundant preparation of food preparation for the New Year's Day feast.
Early Losar, New Year’s day, before the sun rises, families get up, shower, and put on new clothes. They gather together and place offering substances on their altar; tormas, flowers, fruit, bread, saffron water, incense, candles and so forth.  The first food eaten on Losar is traditional Dresil, a sweet rice dish.
Together families visit their local monastery, offering actual offerings and those imagined.  Later, back at home, family, friends, and neighbours share food and their good wishes for the coming year.
During the evening, families join in reunion for the New Year dinner feast.
Dresil without Droma.  Droma is a small root that grows in the grasslands throughout Tibet.  It is like a tiny sweet potato with a similar taste.  Unfortunately, Dorma is difficult to obtain outside Tibet.  Dresil is delicious with or without it.

1 1/2 cup rice basmati rice cooked in 12oz. water
Six tablespoons salted butter
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup brown sugar
Cook the rice. 
Mix all together while the rice is still warm.

Please stay safe.  We look forward to the strength the Water Tiger brings to us.  May 2022 be a year of healing.  May this year bring us safety back together again.

“May you be happy in the here and now and may you finally achieve definitive goodness,”  His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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