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Madison Tibetans Pray at Losar

February 16, 2010

By Tenzin T. Phuntsog
Phayul
February 15, 2010

Tibetans and American friends gathered at the
newly constructed temple at Deer Park Buddhist
Monastery to offer prayers for the Iron Tiger
Year. After escorting the portrait of His
Holiness to his throne in a procession led by the
monks and leaders of Wisconsin Tibetan
Association, Ven. Geshe Sopa offered the mandala
with the three representations of body, speech
and mind of Enlightenment to His Holiness' throne.

While tea and ceremonial sweet rice were served,
prayers of Sixteen Arhats and Long Life prayer of
His Holiness were chanted. After the thanks
giving mandala offering by the president of
Wisconsin Tibetan Association, the public offered
khatas to the portrait of His Holiness.

This Losar had seen an unprecedented large number
of Tibetans who came in fine clothes but the
women were not adorned with any jewelries. The
WTA president reiterated the directives of the
Kashag and the necessity for a less celebratory
Losar this year in solidarity with the Tibetans inside Tibet.

After the Sangsol, the large crowd quietly
returned to their homes. A well planned community
Losar feast and cultural performances with
especially invited guests from the Wisconsin
Legislation was cancelled in solidarity with
world wide boycott of the Tibetan New Year this year.
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