Thursday, February 07, 2008

Year of the Rat

Happy New Year!
This is the Male (Positive) Earth Rat Year. The Mewa of this year is One White, so this is a good year for Avalokiteshvara practice. Even though the external element of this year is earth, the internal element is fire from the sky, or lightning. The La, or spirit element is metal, the Sok, or life force element is water, the Lu, or bodily energy is fire, the Wang thang, or power element is earth, and the Lung ta, or wind horse element is wood. Beginning today and for the remainder of the month, the benefits of practice are multiplied 100,000 times. Today, the first day of the first lunar month, there is also an annular solar eclipse, so the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied an additional 10,000 times. Note that there is also a lunar eclipse on February 21 this year, with a multiplication factor of 1,000, and that this coincides with Chotrul Duchen, so effects are multiplied an additional 10 million times! All in all, this is an unusually GREAT month for practice or retreat!

If you want to spend the first day of the new year learning something, visit one of our all-time favourite sites, Tibeto-Logic, and learn the story behind the story behind the story. He is inviting everyone to share pictures and reports of "how I spent Losar." We are still spending Losar, but will send something in due course.

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