Practitioners at the Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling in Junction City raised an array of 201 colorful new prayer flags next to the eight great stupas in honor of Losar, the Tibetan New Year. Flags were raised Thursday, followed by ceremonial prayers, and then ceremonial song Friday morning.

A verse for the Iron-Ox year read, in part, “Hey! These great white, red, blue, yellow and green flags express all-pervasive enlightened activities. They send forth on the wings of the wind vast, auspicious and sweet-sounding clouds of good fortune, far and wide. By raising these banners that carry great blessings, may all our virtuous aspirations be spontaneously accomplished.”

The short ceremony concluded with throwing of rice and good wishes to each other.

“May our own good fortune, energy and stamina be restored when weakened, repaired when shattered and enriched when depleted,” the verse said.

“May whatever we do turn out well, so that the outer environment and the minds of all beings be pervaded with peace and happiness.”

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Story was corrected Feb. 23 to identify people at the Chagdud Gonpa as practitioners, not monks. There are no monks currently living at the Chagdud Gonpa Rigdzin Ling.

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