Happy Losar 2020

Bhutanese new year is known as Dawa Dangpa Losar which literally means the “first month new year” and this is never the same day as the western calendar. It is not even the same day as the Chinese calendar although it may sometimes fall on the same day or shortly after. 2020 is the Year of the Male Iron Rat which is on 24th February 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 begin.

May I wish you Happy Losar and Tashi Delek from the depth of my heart to you and your family with this prayer. 

May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.

May they be free of suffering and the cause of suffering.

May they never be disassociated from the supreme happiness which is without suffering.

May they remain in the boundless equanimity, free from both attachment to close ones and rejection of others.

The Losar is celebrated mainly in Bhutan, and in Tibet and these days outside of Bhutan by the Bhutanese expats living overseas. 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.

It is the time of reflection, gratitude, reconciliation and turning of the new leaf to begin another year with renewed hopes and aspirations. The New Year is thus greeted with purity of both mind and body. It is important to start a New Year with positive and noble intentions and auspicious conditions and circumstances, which generate joy and happiness.

On New Year’s morning, people get up really early to wash and make offerings before the breakfast of a specially prepared meal overnight. My family in Bhutan when I visited them arranged 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.

Tashi Delek and may you have a healthy and happy new year.

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No Coming No Going

No coming, no going

No after, no before

I hold you close to me,

I release you to be so free

Because I am in you, 

No coming, no going.

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Mindfulness Breathing

We were guided what to do while lying down on the mat in the dark. It was a new experience for me where all my limbs went numb as if the circulation of blood had been stopped. The sensation was almost unpleasant and I wanted to stop but our facilitator warned us we may experience that along with few others such as pain in parts of your body.

Later after the session, we were asked to discuss our experience and several of us have a similar feeling of numbness and some even had pain in parts of their body. We were told that was good and exactly what she had hoped to achieve. I asked if that would disappear and she said not completely but with practice, we will experience less. She called it experiencing consciousness when you feel such a sensation in your body or something to that effect.

What is your experience of any mindfulness activities? It is fascinating and I am enjoying the course. We have two more evenings left and I can’t wait to find what she will cover next.

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Protection Prayer for the World

Happy weekend everyone! This is Arya Tara all Bhutanese and Tibetan considered as our mother who protects us from all elements. I feel it is only appropriate to share this prayer 🙏🏼 when people around the world are suffering particularly in China with Coronavirus 🦠 and in Australia with the fire 🔥. This prayer was composed by Jowjey Pelden Atisha (ཇོ་བོ་རྗེ་དཔལ་ལྡན་ཨ་ཏི་ཤ) who was a great teacher and scholar from India in the early 12th century.

“Om! Homage to you, lady who protects us from the eight fears! Homage to you, lady who blazes with the splendour of auspiciousness! Homage to you, lady who closes the door to lower rebirth! Homage to you, lady who leads us on the path to higher realms! You are the one who holds us always in your care—our guide, support and friend; So protect us still, we pray, with all of your vast compassion”.

Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha

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Mindfulness Eating

Mindfulness course this week was around the experience of eating and paying total attention to what we are eating. We were given dried fruit and asked to place them on our palm while sitting in the dark. I tell you it was torture after a long day at work and on a hungry stomach no less.

We started by feeling the texture of the dried fruit and how our body reacts and simply observing any sensation that came along. We were asked to check the smell of the dried fruit how it affected our body, mood and mental feelings. Then FINALLY the taste of the fruit in our mouth without chewing what emotions and senses we felt (so tempted to chew and swallow). While chewing and swallowing it how we felt and what sense and reaction it provided. Very challenging but interesting to observe how our body and senses react.

It was harder than I imagined to fight the urge to eat them. It was a new experience to observe and eat food mindfully. I have tried this few times before and it hasn’t worked as I lacked the discipline to be mindful with food particularly cakes.

Give it a go and see how you get on.

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Mindfulness Course

Attended mindfulness course this evening after work arranged by work. We were told to lie down on a mat in the dark while being guided what to do. It was very relaxing and calming after a busy day. Just what we needed. Thank you @RDEhospitals

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Advise from Dudjom Rinpoche

Do not take as true anything others say, good or bad:

Do not regard it with hope or fear; do not affirm or deny it.

Allow others to say whatever they like, as if they are talking about a corpse.

Except for a qualified Lama, no one can give correct advice, not even your father or mother.

Be the judge of your actions and do not let others lead you around by the nose.

Outwardly, be persevering, and know how to live in harmony with everyone without being annoying.

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