I was lucky enough to be at The Hermitage of the Awakened Heart, the Tibetan Buddhist retreat centre near Criccieth in North Wales, to celebrate Losar – Tibetan New Year with my fellow Awakened Heart Sangha members. It was a doubly special, joyful and auspicious occasion as it was also the day that sangha member Dashu came out of his year-long retreat!
Quite a few other members made it to the Hermitage to welcome Dashu out of retreat and to take part in the different activities of the day. In the morning we lit incense and sang mantras round the site so that we could usher out anything lurking about and cleanse the space for the new year, which was quite fun!
As Lama Shenpen said, it’s quite nice having two New Years as it’s a second chance at making a fresh start! Later on Dashu and Lama had a conversation about his time in retreat and we could ask questions. Sangha members joined in from around the country. It’s available to watch on YouTube.
Later that afternoon we had a Fire Puja and smoke offering and thankfully the weather kept dry for that.
There was a feast the next day and a beautiful light offering at the Enlightenment Stupa which was so lovely to have been there for. The whole of the weekend festivities finished with a Buddhist pilgrimage to a sacred site in North Wales.
There’s more photos on the blog from Losar on the Hermitage website HERE.