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Enjoy a Tibetan New Year’s Celebration (Losar) at Cabot Shores and at Gampo Abbey

February 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

New Year's Celebration

Past New Year’s Celebrations at Gampo Abbey with Ani Pema Chodron

 

In the past, we’ve experienced the Tibetan New Year’s Losar Celebration  at Gampo Abbey.  A large fire was built overlooking the Bay St. Lawrence, with meditators, other practitioners and community members in attendance, as well as the monastics of Gampo Abbey  and director Ani Pema Chodron.  Afterwards there would be a feast and often a hike, proceeded by meditation in the Shrine Room. There we meditated and  also talked about the Tibetan theme for the New Year.   In past years, Ani Pema Chodron would describe the New Year in its cycle.

This year is the 38th year of a 60 year cycle. Ani Pema Chodron returns this year later to Gampo Abbey.  Ani Pema Chodron will be on Cape Breton at Gampo Abbey  for the Yarne Winter Retreat.  (Please n9te that there is no public New Year’s ceremony this winter at Gampo Abbey)

Here is a photo of the shrine room at Gampo Abbey where previous ceremonies in past Februarys were held:

 

Shrine Room at Gampo Abbey
Shrine Room at Gampo Abbey

The Five Elements for the Lhasang

Several meditation groups, guests and community members are holding the Lhasang here at Cabot Shores on February 10th.

The ceremony celebrates “the Year of the Wood Dragon”.  The puja fire ceremony is an offering to the “elemental” spirits of the mountains, the sky, the river and all of nature.  The New Year’s Lhasang ritual can be experienced as a meditative offering as well as a purifying practice. It can be thought of as an offering to the land and to nature as well.    Specifically the five elements are earth, fire, water, air, metal.

5 elements

Associated with these 5 basic elements are the animals that correspond to  the particular year.   These matches are found in both Tibetan and Chinese predictions for the coming year.  The Wood Dragon, for example, calls up “leadership qualities”.   The “wood” element follows the metaphor of a tree, growing towards the light.

Gampo Abbey writes to us that the Year of the Wood Dragon:

“The Wood Dragon is full of energy and dreams of changing the world. It symbolizes bravery, creativity, and innovation.

The Wood Dragon year is said to be full of potential and opportunities for personal growth, professional success, and social impact.”

On Saturday, February 10th at 11:00am, we will hold the Lhasang (Losar Festival).  Here is a description of the Lhasang (“sang” meaning purification):  A  Lhasang is a Tibetan smoke ceremony that predates Buddhism. It is customarily performed on Holidays, such as the New Year and consists of creating smoke by burning conifer branches.  These will be gathered, mostly spruce boughs, from around the land Cabot Shores from the forest trails along Indian Brook leading to Church Pond and the Atlantic.

During this Lhasang,   it is thought that our prayers and intentions for the new year are carried up by the smoke, and that blessings descend on the smoke.  It also involves chanting, circumambulating the fire and sometimes dancing.

The ceremony will be led by Ani Jangchub,  in Tibetan and in English.  The fire tender will be Todd Vassallo.

Todd Vassallo fire tender
Todd Vassallo fire tender
ani janchub
Ani Jangchub and Kristine McCutcheon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Losar  (Tibetan New Year’s ceremony) on February 10th starts  at 11:00am with a potluck to follow.  All are welcome.

 

 

 



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Seahorselife Shannon (Seahorselife_Canada)
October 17, 2023.
My boyfriend and I came here on a whim for lunch while in the area. What a pleasant surprise! Loved the unique atmosphere and amazing, friendly people. Could have very well have been the best salmon I have ever eaten. Everything was cooked to perfection. Fresh and tasty. Hats off to the chef. We also had the mussels... huge portion and delicious. We took a walk about the property, one of a kind cabins/domes to stay in.. most of which, if not all had their own hot tub. Even a sauna by the water. We would definitely highly recommend eating here at the bistro even if you are not staying over night. Everyone is lovely.. they even offered to email us the salmon recipe because we loved it so much. My only suggestion to owners would be to get better signage on the roadway, so visitors can find you easier. We passed the place twice before actually finding it. I think if there were two more signs a little up the rd on either side, more people may be able to come visit this hidden little gem. Thanks so much for a great lunch and top-notch service.
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Very nice people and a place full of joy ! Stayed 2 nights in the „Eagle dome“ which was really comfy and clean!Had really delicous dinner at the main lodge where paul played some music just for us and had nice conversations whith him and the other staffmembers.Also booked the hot tub at our dome for our last night from where we had a great view on the campfire.Lovely place where you see how much effort they put in every detail.
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Amazing adventure! Lots of fun sleeping underneath the stars!
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Beautiful place and very friendly staff. Perfect location if you’re travelling along the Cabot Trail, I highly recommend checking this place out! Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a fantastic experience.
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Very nice place to spend a couple of nights in the nature! My wife and I enjoyed our stay.It might be a good idea to install a heater in the dome as it can get chilly at night.
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Date:
February 10
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11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Good Health Festival Society
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902-929-2584

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Cabot Shores Wilderness Resort
30 Buchanan Drive
Indian Brook, Nova Scotia B0C 1H0 Canada
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