Happy New Year! (Losar 2017)

Crestone, on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo mountains

Northern San Luis Valley in Southern Colorado – Feb 27, 2017

It is Losar today, the Tibetan New Year, also celebrated here at many of the centers of Crestone’s diverse Buddhist communities.   I was invited by a friend to join the Lhasang (well-wishing prayer ceremony with juniper smoke offering) at Samten Ling, lead by Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche with the Mangala Shri Bhuti community.

Well-wishes to all, from the “Abode of Radiant Light”:


“Simply being in the natural beauty of retreat causes one to reflect more deeply. Reflecting deeply, we gain a bigger perspective rather than seeing only what is in front of our nose. Our greater intelligence comes out of what is almost a dormant state. Once activated, this intelligence leads us to that which will be of true, lasting benefit in our lives.”

— Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

The magnificent Sangdo Ling temple at Crestone’s Longchen Jigme Samten Ling:


When the temple was still under construction, in spring 2014, I shared these photos from a ridge over in More Southern Colorado Photos”

More often I visit the 16th Karmapa Stupa, such as just a couple weeks ago (Feb. 8, 2017 Incredible Sky Colors at the Karmapa Stupa).   The 17th Karmapa has this message for Losar 2017.

— May Peace Prevail On Earth. —

May All Discord be Pacified


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