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Prosperity in the Tibetan new year

February 11, 2010

Andy Parks
Northern Rivers Echo (Australia)
February 11, 2010

The Gyoto monks of Tibet will be celebrating Losar, the Tibetan New
Year, with a five-day ceremony at Repentance Creek Hall in Rosebank.

Thupten Tsundue (front) and other monks wishing you a happy Tibetan new year.

The Gyoto monks of Tibet will be celebrating Losar, the Tibetan New
Year, with a five day ceremony at Repentance Creek Hall in Rosebank.

For the first time ever in Australia they will be conducting
Zhambhala, a traditional ceremony that aims to bring good fortune and
prosperity by creating specific karma that will ease material
suffering and free people to pursue the spiritual life.

Traditionally, the community brings items symbolic of prosperity like
the wool of a hundred sheep, the hair of a hundred horses, plants,
soil, water, various grains, and so on. But the North Coast community
is invited to bring items that have a personal symbolic
representation of abundance, and in more modest quantities.

The objects will be incorporated into the ceremony and then, at the
conclusion, locked into a wealth essence box that will be kept safely
for the ongoing welfare of the community.

In addition to participating in the preparation for the ritual,
people will be able to take part in meditation workshops, public
talks and art classes.

One of the monks visiting Australia for the first time is Thupten
Tsundue, who was in Lhasa when the Chinese attacked in 1959.

"At the moment we are making a film of the old monks, the last of the
ones that escaped from Tibet... The fact we've got him here is
extraordinary," Gyoto House director Maureen Fallon said. "He is an
extraordinary story teller... He has been telling us hair raising
tales about how he saw 900 of his colleagues killed and how he made
his escape into India and because he was a young man at the time, he
was sent back to Tibet to bring these two older monks out."

Losar celebrations begin on Friday, February 12, with a ritual
clearing ceremony from 10am. People are asked to bring their
offerings on Saturday.

For a full program of events visit www.gyuto.va.com.au
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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