You have been very patient, as I have yet to write much this year really. I am presently in Maryland, attending the Tibetan Meditation Center (one of my favorite U.S. hangout spots) for the Losar festivities. Today we did a long ganachakra feast (Tsok – or ritual food offering and blessing) to Milarepa, then around noon we went outside into a chilly (yet compared to years past, quite comfortable) outdoors for a Sang Chos (smoke offering) where we visualize the fragrant smoke blessing and making the local deities, obstacle makers and wisdom beings happy (may all sentient beings know happiness and its causes!).
At least 50 to 60 ppl showed up for the Milarepa Tsok and then more people arrived (including many Tibetans from D.C. and Virginia) so we had at least 80 people for the smoke offering and pot luck lunch. It was great to see old friends and new comers – there were about 10 students from a college near Cumberland Maryland – they were attending to complete a requirement for a course. They were curious though and seemed happy to pry us with questions.
Tomorrow the plan is for Khenpo to teach on the Buddha’s miracle (I think specifically on the 15 miracles) and then we will do a long life practice for all sentient beings in the new year, called Amitayus practice. Good good good. More soon.