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Tibetan monastery celebrates Losar festival

February 14, 2010

Times of India
February 12, 2010

MYSORE -- Tashi Lhunpo monastery celebrated Losar
festival to commemorate the advent of Tibetan New
Year, at Tibetan settlement camp in Periyapatna
on Friday. The celebration was marked with
ancient rituals and traditional dance.

Attired in multi-coloured costumes, Tashi Lhunpo
monks perform a monastic (Cham dance), two days
before Tibetan New Year Losar, that is on 29th
day of the 12th month of Tibetan calendar year,
on Friday. They believe that the dance is
important to remove all obstacles for coming New
Year and it will also help to get better
rainfall, remove epidemic and famine in the the coming year.

There has been a tradition of Cham, a monastic
dance in Tibet, since pre-Buddhist times. Cham
began in Tibet in 8th century during the reign of
King Trisong Deutsen. The dance performed by
Tashi Lhunpo monks is unique and it was
introduced by 5th Panchen Lama, Lobsan Yeshi. In
Cham, the monks wear rich multi-coloured
costumes, play ritualistic music and perform
dances, all according to ancient scriptures.

The Tashi Lhunpo monastery, founded by first
Dalai Lama in 1447, is one of the four great
monasteries of the Gelugpa tradition, and is
renowned for its scholarship in Mahayana Buddhist
philosophy and the tantric traditions of Tibetan
Buddhism, according to a press note.
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