Chinese New Year 2020

25th  January  Cork & 1st  February Tralee

Extinguish Spiritual Obstacles, Alleviate Disasters and Suffering.

25th January Unitarian Church, Princes Street, Cork 18.00 to 22.30 Tickets Here

1st February St Johns Church, Ashe Street, Tralee 18.00 to 22.00 More Info

Register before January 23rd

The Year of the Metal Rat

CMK Chinese New Year Buddist Celebration Nano Nagle Place Picture Clare Keogh

25  January  Cork & 1  February Tralee

Extinguish Spiritual Obstacles, Alleviate Disasters and Suffering.

Register before January 23rd

This ceremony extinguishes personal spiritual obstacles, and creates good spiritual cause for overflowing financial resources; extinguishes disasters, suffering, and difficulties.

Businesses can also benefit, we will pray for the business to enjoy successful litigations, have a promising future, and to receive the continuous daily empowerment of the Dari Rulai Temple.

Register for the An Tai Sui Dharma Rite
by making a charitable & virtuous “An Tai Sui” donation
for yourself, your loved ones or your business.

The coming year, may bring challenging circumstances to those born under any of the unfavorable signs listed below.


RAT 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020

HORSE: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

ROOSTER: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

RABBIT: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

For people born in the year of the Rat, Horse, Rooster or Rabbit; this is the time of year to make charitable & virtuous “An-Tai-Sui” donations on behalf of yourself and your loved ones with a €32 or € 72, € 108, € 300 or greater offering to be included on the beneficiary list for these protective and life-enhancing Dharma Rites.

 Your details will also be sent to the following temples:

  • Yong He Gong Temple, one of the largest and most important Tibetan Buddhist temples in the world. This is a unique opportunity to be included and benefit from their New Year Service.
  • Dari Rulai Temple . Our main temple in the USA.

In Chinese astrology every year is governed by a zodiac sign. Your personal zodiac sign is determined according to your birth year. Your luck is affected by the sign of the current year.

One way to understand this is to realise that as we journey through life we all encounter ”bumps/potholes” in the road. Having an An Tai Sui performed on your behalf smooths out the bumps.

More Info: 1000 Lamps Dharma Rite

Lions & Dragon Dance 1st February Tralee & 2nd February Cork

What Lion Dances Symbolize
In Chinese culture, the lion symbolizes power, wisdom, and superiority. People perform lion dances at Chinese festivals or big occasions to bring good fortune and chase away evil spirits.

CMK Chinese New Year Buddist Celebration Nano Nagle Place Picture Clare Keogh

The lion dance is one of the most important traditions at Chinese New Year. It is performed to bring prosperity and good luck for the upcoming year. The lion dance is also a way to create a festive atmosphere and bring happiness.

Performed in a lion costume, accompanied by the music of beating drums, clashing cymbals, and resounding gongs, lion dances imitate a lion’s various movements or demonstrate martial arts agility, depending on the style.

The dragon dance has been indispensable to Chinese festivals since ancient times. With the spread of Chinese people and culture all over the world, the dragon dance has been brought to every corner of the world where there are overseas Chinese gathered. It has become a symbol of Chinese culture.

What Does A Dragon Symbolize?
Dragon is a symbol of China, and is an important part of Chinese culture. Chinese dragons symbolize wisdom, power and wealth, and they are believed to bring good luck to people.

Leading this years 1000 Lamp Dharma Rite & An Tai Sui Dharma Rite in Cork on the 25th of January and Kerry on the 2nd of February are the following visiting Vajra Achrya’s from the UK & USA and Mary P O Connor from the Cork Sangha

Sifu Jules 支遁 Zhi Dun  Wisdom Honest

Sifu Jules is Disciple and Teacher in the Hanmi Buddhist School and was a founding director of the European Hanmi Charity. She is a qualified psychiatric nurse who has worked alongside children and families for over 30 years offering a range of psychological interventions for those with significant mental health issues. …….Read More

Mary P O Connor 月智 Zhi Yue Wisdom Moon

Mary P O Connor met Dechan Jueren in Essex in the winter of 2007 and invited him to Cork where he gave talks & teachings in The Unitarian Church in Princes St,  she took refuge at that time, and so the Chinese Esoteric School was established in Ireland 年冬天,玛丽·保罗·康纳在埃塞克斯遇到了德尚·朱伦,并邀请他到科克避难,于是这些教义被带到了爱尔兰 Read more

Sifu Douglas Vice Abbot of The Dari Rulai Temple in Los Angeles

Welcome to the 2020 Chinese New Year Ceremonies!  All of us helping bring you today’s event wish that you will enjoy the sounds of sacred chanting, and that when you leave today’s gathering you will feel energized and relaxed, uplifted, and filled with the vibration of a blessed, happy, healthy, prosperous New Year.

I am grateful to be participating in these annual ceremonies for the fourth time today. Year by year I have witnessed Cork becoming a more multicultural, rich, and vibrant city. Sharing ceremonies and celebrations, whether it be the Saint Patrick’s Day Festival celebrated around the world, or today’s ceremonies, helps promote greater connection, understanding, and appreciation among people, locally and globally……..Read more

Sifu Jane Ward, 佛 智 Zhi Fo Wisdom Buddha

Founder & Abbot of the Brentwood Buddhist Centre, Essex, UK

Sifu Jane is the only known disciple worldwide to have personally received the Transmission Empowerment from the Dechan Jueren, the Mahavairocana Buddha, for Prajna Akasagarbha, a slow-moving meditation that awakens the wisdom seeds within and provides self-healing for self-realisation.

Sifu Jane has transformed her life through this practice. ….Read more

Register Here

Vajra Acharya  Helen Angel

Dr Helen Angel is a Medical Doctor and practising GP in the UK and a Holistic Health Coach internationally online. She teaches Hanmi meditation as part of her health coaching practice Helen studied with Master Yu in China in 2010 was ordained Vajra Acharya ( Diamond Teacher) by Master Yu.

Helen is a pioneer in integrative medicine and encourages and supports her clients to live a healthy lifestyle that they enjoy and that enhances their lives .

Helen is qualified as a family health doctor and a community health doctor. She has worked internationally in many countries both medically and in health development work in many countries. She worked for UNICEF for several years. She is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist, an Emotional Healing Therapist and a member of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine More info

Rev Mike O’Sullivan Minister, Unitarian Church, Prince’s St., Cork

As Minister, I am delighted to welcome the celebrations for the Chinese New Year to the Unitarian Church. We are Corks oldest church, having opened our doors in 1717. Today we are a beacon for inclusivity and diversity, our freedom from creed and dogma allows us the freedom to welcome to our services all people of goodwill and to hopefully enrich and enhance their individual spiritual journey while sharing the value and strength of community.

As the proverb says, there are many rivers all flowing into the one ocean.

The lighting of the 1,000 candles resonates deeply with us as a religious community. During our services we light our own candles of “Joy and Concern”. It is a chance for those who wish, to offer a prayer, wish or aspiration for themselves or others, in times of both gratitude and challenge. They may be offered to whatever each considers God to be, to the Universe, to life and perhaps most of all to each other.

Across all religions and philosophical traditions, the candle is a powerful and centring image.

And so, as we gather on the 25th, may we gather united as one, may the beauty, colour and meaning of the ceremony resonate deeply with us all as we celebrate with our Buddhist brothers and sisters another New year.

“Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment” – Buddha

Rev Mike O’Sullivan

Minister, Unitarian Church, Prince’s St., Cork

Brother Neal Dunnigan Order of Ecumenical Franciscans / Cork Community Chaplaincy Services

I want to welcome our Buddhist siblings and thank them as they allow us to join in the celebration of this important Buddhist religious and Asian cultural celebration.  
This particular New Year celebration commemorates the Year of the Rat. In the 12-year Chinese calendar cycle, the rat is the lead animal of the Chinese zodiac sequence. In a sense the Year of the Rat is a New Year among  New Years. 
This particular zodiac animal theme first seems strange to us as our culture has long seen the rodents as objects of distain and harbingers of disease. However, in the Orient, the rat symbolises the virtues of adaptability, intelligence, and renewal.

Hopefully reminding us that in our own culture we have also been taught: “If you have people who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have people who will deal likewise with their fellow humans.” (Francis of Assisi). 

So let us rejoice in celebrating this different perspective of Brother Rat and let it inspire us as a reminder of how amazing achievement can be accomplished by an otherwise humble creature. We pray that we may extend the symbolic meaning Brother Rat and this celebration to better embrace our love and awareness of all people and creation.

Peace and blessings