Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Happy Chinese New Year!

CC Liu, Amber Larson, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Space, Wiki; Shambhala
Hollywood Bowl fireworks would be a good idea to scare away trolls (

Chinese New Year's at the LA Phil, Walt Disney Concert Hall (

The Blood Moon is coming soon,but tonight Luna/Chandra is bigger, that is, closer to Earth/Bhumi than it has been in centuries, the largest New Moon of our lives (AP).
The situation in Tibet  is critical (Jason Lansdell/
FREE TIBET (with every purchase of a 32 oz. Panchen Lama)
Let's go beat some indigenous mountain folk: Tibet-bound Han Chinese troops (AFP/Getty)
The Tibetan Plateau between the "Holy Land" (India/Afghanistan) and Han China
The Tibetan, Chinese, or Lunar New Year is an important festival celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. It falls between January 21 and February 20. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, and because the holiday is not solely observed by "Chinese" cultures, the Chinese New Year is better referred to as the Lunar New Year. More
Tibetan Buddhism: Shambhala Day
(, February 19th)
Golden Buddha statue and clean-burning candle on Shambhala altar, Eagle Rock, L.A.
The Wood Sheep or Ram (
Happy Year of the Wood Sheep (Ram). "Shambhala Day" ($20) marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year and represents one of the most important celebrations in Shambhala, a cultish organization created by sex guru Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, with famous adherents like Pema Chodron, and run by the creator's married son, the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

Join Shambhala for good practice, good food, and good company as it celebrates the Year of the Wood Sheep! Thursday will include a live online address by Sakyong. Bring a pot luck dish to share for the celebration lunch. Sign up for an item (

Shambhala Day celebrates the Tibetan New Year that occurs in late February or early March each year. Shambhala the religious-business organization is new, but it is based on an ancient tradition rooted in the longing we all have to be completely authentic and to live in an enlightened society that cultivates our true expression as human beings. Shambhala Day is an opportunity for all to reconnect to their aspirations, to reflect on the goodness of the world, to express joy, humor, and tenderness, and to enjoy the community of others who are similarly inspired. More

Chinese New Year: How to See the New Moon Live Online Thursday
Megan Gannon (, Feb. 18, 2015); see also,
The Moon is Earth's lunar calendar with 13 months (13x28=364) each with a full moon.
Whether or not you believe babies born in the Year of the Goat will have a lifetime of bad luck and unhappiness, tomorrow is a day of celestial significance.
To mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the online Slooh Community Observatory will broadcast real-time views of the new moon on Thursday (Feb. 19).
Slooh's webcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST (01:00 UTC Friday, Feb. 20). You can watch the lunar broadcast live directly through or check out the Moon Webcast on More

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