Bhutanese New Year 2145 – The Year of the Earth Male Dog

The Year 2145 of the Earth Male Dog

Happy Losar to you all reading this. The year in the Tibetan calendar is 2145 – The Year of the Earth Male Dog as per the astronomical system based on the Kalachakra; the wheel of time tantra, which was translated into Tibetan from Sanskrit in 1027 A.D. where the Tibetan year also begins.

The Losar is celebrated mainly in Bhutan, and in Tibet and these days outside of Bhutan by Bhutanese expats living overseas as well. The New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in Bhutan which goes on for several days in many parts of the country.  Everyone wishes everyone with the greeting “Tashi Delek!,” which is a wish for good health, happiness and good luck for the year ahead.

On the day of the New Year’s morning, people get up really early to wash and make offerings before the breakfast of specially prepared meal overnight. My family in Bhutan when I visited them arranged the day out for a picnic lunch. They prepared varieties of delicious meals at home to take.  It is a day that mixes celebration with relaxation where most people would play archery our national game, dego, khuru, etc.

Losar Tashi Delek!

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Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

St Valentine’s Day is celebrated on the 14 February every year around the world. On this day of all legend has it, the night before Valentine’s execution he wrote a letter to his jailer’s daughter and on it at the end of the letter he signed “Your Valentine” to thank her for looking after him.  This later down the years got adapted to “From your Valentine”.

This was and still is a religious day to honour him, sadly today the day is heavily commercialized. Whatever your beliefs, this is a day of love and so pray through this love that peace may shower upon us so that every being on this earth can live in harmony.

We should share compassion, loving-kindness and peace around today as that would be what St Valentine would have expected from his martyrdom and his legacy to be.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.

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Dorji Sempa Mantra

OM BENZA SATO SAMAYA
MANU PALAYA
BENZA SATO TENOPA
TISHTA DRI DO ME BHAWA
SUTO KAYO ME BHAWA
SUPO KAYO ME BHAWA
ANU RAKTO ME BHAWA
SARVA SIDDHI MEMTRA YATSA
SARVA KARMA SUTSA ME
CITTAM SHRI YAH KURU HUNG
HA HA HA HA HOH
BHAGAVAN
SARVA TATHAGATA BENZA MĀ ME MUNTSA
BENZI BHAWA MAHA SAMAYA SATO AH

O Dorje Sempa, protect the Samaya
Reveal yourself as the Dorje Sempa!
May you remain firm in me
Grant me complete satisfaction
Grow within me (increase the positive within me)
Be loving towards me
Grant me all the siddhis
Show me all the karmas (activities)
Make my mind good, virtuous and auspicious!(The heart essence, seed syllable of Vajrasattva)
(Symbolises the four immeasurables, the four empowerments, the four joys, and the four kayas) (The exclamation of joy at this accomplishment)
O blessed one,
who embodies all the Tathagatas with Diamond Mind Do not abandon me
Grant me the realization of the Vajra Nature O great Samaya sattva Make me one with you

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Force of a thousand cranes be with you…

My fundraising page for the Force Cancer Charity so far has made over £900, including gift aid, which is more than I ever imagined it would. I have no words to describe how grateful I am for all your kind messages and generous donations of your hard earned cash to a worthy cause. You are all truly amazing and very kind. 

Time to say… Thank You!

To show my appreciation for your generosity, I offered to fold a one thousand origami cranes to help reach one thousand pounds. The challenge was to make the target amount and complete the Origami Cranes by the time my wife finished the course of her treatments. She completed all her treatments in early December 2017 and so far all looking good. I however, have not achieved to raise £1000 yet and hopefully, my origami cranes will help do that.

After several months of folding, I have just finished folding 1000 origami cranes. It has taken a little longer than I planned, but I am happy to have finally folded my last crane (although I’ve folded a few more than 1000, just in case I miscounted them).

SUGGESTIONS PLEASE…
Now I need your suggestions on how I can turn these cranes into a donation for
FORCE Cancer Support, who are at the forefront of helping people get through this dreadful illness. We have benefited from this charity so much and this is but a small gesture of gratitude from all of us.


Why 1000 Origami Cranes….

In ancient Japanese mythology, legend has it that anyone folding a thousand origami cranes without any help will be granted a wish. My wish is to wish for a speedy recovery for my wife and everyone suffering from this devastating illness. May their loved ones be given the strength to help support each other to get through this.

The story so far…

Back in April-May, I decided to have my hair shaved off in support of my dear wife undergoing chemotherapy treatments and raise money for the FORCE Cancer Charity at the same time. With the help of my boys and our local hairdresser, I shaved off my hair. I wrote on my blog page to raise money which was then taken up by Force and posted on their page. Here are the links to those pages:

Head Shave for Cancer Charity

Hair Today and Gone Tomorrow

Shear Class Fundraising from Tenzin

You can sponsor me…

I am keeping my fundraising page open until the end of January 2018. Please share this page as it will help raise an awareness of the great work by FORCE supporting cancer patients and the effect of this devastating illness.

If you feel up to donating, big or small, it will be greatly appreciated and will be helping to fund a fantastic cause. I really appreciate all your support. Thank you so very much.

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Happy New Year 2018

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year 2018 and may this new year greet you with peace, health and happiness. Tashi Delek!

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Happy Christmas 2017

May the star of Christmas be your guiding light that you may never walk in obscurity.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and may this joyful season greet you with health and happiness for the new year 2018.

Tashi Delek!

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A BUDDHIST PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS

A BUDDHIST PRAYER OF FORGIVENESS

As the year comes to an end this year it is good to reflect and share this Buddhist prayer of forgiveness with everyone. Please feel free to reblog this page if you wish it.

If I have harmed anyone in any way either knowingly or unknowingly
through my own confusions I ask their forgiveness.
If anyone has harmed me in any way either knowingly or unknowingly
through their own confusions I forgive them.
And if there is a situation I am not yet ready to forgive
I forgive myself for that.
For all the ways that I harm myself, negate, doubt, belittle myself,
judge or be unkind to myself through my own confusions
I forgive myself.

Credit: Someone emailed me this Buddhist prayer of forgiveness which I really like and wanted to share it with you. I don’t know who wrote it or whether it has been translated from Buddhist texts.

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