It’s the Eastern New Year…time to Lhasang (purify) your home & favorite objects.

Via on Feb 9, 2009

Ladies & Gentlemen, start your Lhasang. [Juniper, Milk Lake, Chinese New Year, Tibetan, Losar, Shambhala Day, Buddhist]

> Start the New Year off right: lhasang (purify) your house. Open your cupboards. Chant. Hit every room, including closets, the basement, the attic. Good bye, bad old vibes. PS: it sounds superstitious, and I hate superstition…but it’s…real/magical…whatever…it works. Science will prive this shiite for reals in 1,000 years, but why wait?

It’s the Tibetan New Year, or Shambhala Day, Losar—when Buddhists around the globe (now that Tibetan Buddhism has spread from sea to shining sea, thanks to the Reds) celebrate the New Year with a Lhasang—a traditional purification ceremony involving the burning of wet juniper (which makes fragrant, pungent, memory-laden clouds of white smoke in which one blesses special and sacred objects and/or oneself). Where to get the juniper? Well, generally, at least in Colorado, you should be able to find a juniper tree out in nature—just make sure to ‘ask the tree,’ for permission to snip a branch, bowing before and after—snip a branch from as high up as possible, and be sure to dry the juniper out before you use it for a Lhasang. Ideally, you should be trained to do a lhasang—it’s a lot more than just burning juniper over charcoal—it really is a special, fun, grounded way to purify and wake up your life, your home, and your year.

You can also get juniper here, and support some good folks in the process:

Dear Shambhala Centers and Friends,

This Shambhala Day Special is for  Shambhala Centers across our mandala;  a special price on FRAGRANT JUNIPER INCENSE:

6 Extra- large Bags of Fragrant Juniper Incense –  $108  +  $20 shipping and handling  in North America ( these are wrapped in gold foil and very lovely as gifts)
(shipping elsewhere – will check with the  post office for prices to your area)

Checks to : Milklake Shambhala Retreat Centre

Milklake Shambhala Retreat Centre
73 Wilfred Road
Middlewood, Nova Scotia, B4V-6J3
Canada

1-902-543-1417  for questions and inquiries ( Connie or Gregg Clause)

This is a benefit for the Canadian Retreat Centre of MILKLAKE  or OTSO SHINGSA  located only 1 1/4 hr. south of Halifax in Nova Scotia.

Many thanks, and good practicing,
Connie/Secret Meadow

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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4 Responses to “It’s the Eastern New Year…time to Lhasang (purify) your home & favorite objects.”

  1. John Pappas John says:

    Hey! Dharma-Brat! How about a recipe on how to make Chhaang! That delightful draught know to be inbibed during Losar. I understand that there is a specific variety for the the New Year and would love to be brewing myself up some for next year.

    John
    http://www.zendirtzendust.com

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