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Year of the “Yang” aka Goat aka Sheep

February 16, 2015


May all the obstacles be away from your path.
May all ailments cease.
May no danger come to you.
May you have a happy and long life.

May all who suffer

be free from suffering in life

May all who have fear be free from fear

May all who are in sorrow

be free from sorrow.



The Asian New Year is upon us!

Last week I wrote about the Year of the Goat.

The Year of the Goat is also known as the Year of the Sheep. In fact “yang” can indicate a number of different similar animals from the family Caprinae (think Capricorn the Goat!). These ungulates ” tend to be medium-sized ungulates, with a compact form, thick legs, a sure-footed nature, and tolerance of extremes in temperature which occur in mountainous environments. “

Personally, I prefer the headstrong goat over the docile sheep!

Regardless of the specific animal you may have in mind, yang is considered auspicious and predictions abound for a prosperous year because “yang” is a symbol of blessings and good fortune.


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  • Wednesday, February 18, 2015
    Lunar New Year’s Eve:
    6:00 pm: Blessing Chant in Pali By Bhante Sutadhara
    6:45 pm: Invite the Sacred Bell
    7:00 pm: Repentance prostrations
    8:00 pm: Food Offering Ceremony to our ancestors and departed members of An Lac Mission
    10:00 pm: Invite the sacred bell and the wisdom drum
    Welcome The New Year- Year of Goat ceremony and Offer Candle Lights to the Medicine Buddha
    11:00 pm: Happy New Year, Picking traditional Good Luck envelops according to our custom.
  • Thursday, February 19, 2015
    New Year Ceremony
    10:00 am: The Buddha Maitreya Ceremony
    11:00 am: Offering food to our ancestors and departed members of An Lac Mission
    12:00 noon: – Lunch
    Happy New Year – Picking traditional Good Luck envelops according to our custom
    7:00 pm: Medicine Sutra chanting.
  • Friday, February 20,2015
    2nd day of the New Year

    11:00 am Offering food to our ancestors and departed members of An Lac Mission
    12:00 noon: Lunch
    7:00 pm: Medicine Sutra chanting.
    note–no 8:15am yoga class
  • Saturday, February 21, 2015
    3rd day of the Year

    11:00 am Offering food to our ancestors and departed members of An Lac Mission
    12:00 noon: Lunch
    7:00 pm: Medicine Sutra Chanting
    note — no 8am yoga class
  • Thursday March 05, 2015
    moon full at 10am PST
  • Saturday March 07, 2015
    1st Full Moon Ceremony in the New Year
    5:00 pm Welcome all
    6:00 pm: The Blessings Ceremony to cast away negative planetary influences in the New Year
    7:30pm Blessings Chant
  • Sunday, March 08, 2015 
  • Pilgrimage to various area temples



TOP IMAGE: Silk Thankga Detail by Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo from one of her Weekly Wake-ups which provide a thread of inspiration. One of the only westerners trained in the rare Buddhist art of silk applique thangkas, Leslie is passionate about the preservation and evolution of this Tibetan cultural tradition. His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave his blessings to Leslie’s work and encouraged her to make images that speak to the spiritual aspirations of people across religions and cultures.

On Saturday, Feb. 21 from 10-4pm, join Leslie in traditional prayers and a toast to the new year as she celebrates the Tibetan New Year or Losar and the first anniversary of the Threads of Awakening Transformative Arts Studio at the Channel Islands Harbor, 2810 South Harbor Boulevard #201, CA , USA. A number of events are scheduled each month at the studio including films and workshops.


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