Abundant Joy from the Land of Snows – Tibetan New Year Festival
Weekend of 17 and 18 March 2018 – 10.30 am to 4 pm
The theme of this year’s Tibetan New Year Festival, Abundant Joy from the Land of Snows, focuses on the remarkable legacy of Tibet and its spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Festival on the weekend of 17 and 18 March in Yuroke has three special features:
– A MEDITATION FIESTA of guided meditation, its underlying philosophy, workshop, children’s meditation and the opportunity to perceive the benefits this marvellous practice for better health and happiness can bring
– A MAGNIFICENT TRADITIONAL TIBETAN TEMPLE and beautiful 10-acre gardens for everyone to enjoy
– Special ceremony that includes PRAYERS AND MEDITATION FOR HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA’S LONG LIFE AND GOOD HEALTH
NEW YEAR BLESSING CEREMONY at 12 noon on Saturday 17 March, which is especially popular. Keynote speakers share their thoughts on the festival theme, Abundant Joy from the Land of Snows. Community, government and religious leaders are invited to join the Ceremony and join prayers and meditation for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life and well-being and the fulfilment of his wishes: a world free of war and poverty – filled with peace and harmony.
Teachers explore methods during one hour TALKS AND MEDITATIONS to bring more happiness into our lives. They represent various Buddhist traditions such as Tibetan, Japanese and, Korean traditions. There are many meditation and mindfulness techniques – that suit different practitioners – to develop qualities that bring more happiness to ourselves and others we encounter, such as compassion, love, concentration, generosity, enthusiasm, patience and wisdom.
Enjoy browsing wares from around the world at the FESTIVAL MARKET. The colorful market offers Tibetan and local handicrafts, Indian shawls, jewelry, Tibetan and Nepalese blankets, books, meditation cushions, bags, ornaments, soaps, incense, and plants.
The ENJOYMENT SHOP stocks a wide range of organic foods and beautiful giftware including bags, jewelry, woolen shawls, scarves, the Tibetan Buddhist Society’s special blend of chai tea and a selection of cards.
The festival is FAMILY FRIENDLY – there is a FREE MEDITATION AND STORYTELLING SESSION each day at 2 pm for children 5 to 9 years.
FREE FACE PAINTING from children from 11 am to 2 pm each day. There are also beautiful rolling lawns where children love to play while parents can relax under the shade of nearby trees. The Enjoyment Shop also stocks books, meditation cushions and beautiful quality soft toys and fun items carefully chosen for children.
Plenty for garden lovers at the Tibetan New Year Festival, on the weekend of 17 & 18 March from 10.30 am to 4 pm. FREE GARDEN TOURS: learn how the beautiful 10-acre gardens are maintained through natural methods and organic gardening – such as the use of recycled water and seasonal activities throughout the year.
Wander the peaceful gardens on your own or relax by the lakes and watch the birdlife. The gardens are filled with many colored roses, and salvias, marigolds, 100s of trees including golden robinias, Californian redwoods, blue spruce, maples, olive trees and much more.
During fascinating TEMPLE TOURS you learn about Tibetan culture – the meaning of the many traditional Tibetan symbols and ornaments inside and outside the temple, and the history behind the golden 12FT BUDDHA STATUE constructed in Nepal. View wonderful thangkhas (Tibetan paintings and tapestries) Tours are $5 per person to support maintenance of the temple.
See the SPECTACULAR GOLDEN ROOF with its extraordinary decorations such as prayer wheels, lotus petals and the beautiful deer of compassion and peace.
Yum – TIBETAN DUMPLINGS OR MOMOS, are the highlight of the cafe’s menu at this year’s Tibetan New Year Festival on the weekend of 17 and 18 March from 10.30 am to 4 pm. A beautiful array of delicious fresh VEGETARIAN INDIAN FOOD and other fare, OUR SPECIAL CHAI, GOOD COFFEE and HOMEMADE CAKES are among more options for everyone’s enjoyment.