Thursday, August 15, 2019

Rabjung (རབ་བྱུང་)

As Bhutanese with unique identity it is very important that we must know and follow Rabjung a sexagenary cycle. Rabjung is a “host year” count determined by using sixty-year cycle based on Bhutanese astrology. It is similar to Century of the gorgerins calendar where the later has 100-year cycle.

What is this sixty-year cycle? Well accordingly to Bhutanese astrology, there are 12 animal signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

Each year is allocated with different animal sign but in serial order of the animals listed above.  For example this year the animal sign is Pig; next year it is Rat and then Ox and so forth.
Further, each of this animal sign is combined with an element.
There are five elements; earth, fire, water, wood, and iron. So, 12 animals sign with 5 elements become sixty. Once 1 cycle (60 yeas) is completed, than the system is again repeated in a same fashion, the only difference is the change of Rabjung year.

Determination of a Rabjung year.
I have stated above the system of determining Rabjung, which you all are familiar by now (hope so). As stated it take 60 years for one Rabjung year. 

Now how to determine Rabjung year. Please refer the table given below:


Element
Year
60 yrs cycle
Top Rabjung/ Below all figure Gogerian Calender year
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Fire
Rabbit
1
1027
1087
1147
1207
1267
1327
1387
1447
1507
Earth
Dragon
2
1028
1088
1148
1208
1268
1328
1388
1448
1508
Earth
Snake
3
1029
1089
1149
1209
1269
1329
1389
1449
1509
Iron
Horse
4
1030
1090
1150
1210
1270
1330
1390
1450
1510
Iron
Sheep
5
1031
1091
1151
1211
1271
1331
1391
1451
1511
Water
Monkey
6
1032
1092
1152
1212
1272
1332
1392
1452
1512
Water
Rooster
7
1033
1093
1153
1213
1273
1333
1393
1453
1513
wood
Dog
8
1034
1094
1154
1214
1274
1334
1394
1454
1514
wood
Pig
9
1035
1095
1155
1215
1275
1335
1395
1455
1515
Fire
Rat
10
1036
1096
1156
1216
1276
1336
1396
1456
1516
Fire
Ox
11
1037
1097
1157
1217
1277
1337
1397
1457
1517
Earth
Tiger
12
1038
1098
1158
1218
1278
1338
1398
1458
1518
Earth
Rabbit
13
1039
1099
1159
1219
1279
1339
1399
1459
1519
Iron
Dragon
14
1040
1100
1160
1220
1280
1340
1400
1460
1520
Iron
Snake
15
1041
1101
1161
1221
1281
1341
1401
1461
1521
Water
Horse
16
1042
1102
1162
1222
1282
1342
1402
1462
1522
Water
Sheep
17
1043
1103
1163
1223
1283
1343
1403
1463
1523
wood
Monkey
18
1044
1104
1164
1224
1284
1344
1404
1464
1524
wood
Rooster
19
1045
1105
1165
1225
1285
1345
1405
1465
1525
Fire
Dog
20
1046
1106
1166
1226
1286
1346
1406
1466
1526
Fire
Pig
21
1047
1107
1167
1227
1287
1347
1407
1467
1527
Earth
Rat
22
1048
1108
1168
1228
1288
1348
1408
1468
1528
Earth
Ox
23
1049
1109
1169
1229
1289
1349
1409
1469
1529
Iron
Tiger
24
1050
1110
1170
1230
1290
1350
1410
1470
1530
Iron
Rabbit
25
1051
1111
1171
1231
1291
1351
1411
1471
1531
Water
Dragon
26
1052
1112
1172
1232
1292
1352
1412
1472
1532
Water
Snake
27
1053
1113
1173
1233
1293
1353
1413
1473
1533
wood
Horse
28
1054
1114
1174
1234
1294
1354
1414
1474
1534
wood
Sheep
29
1055
1115
1175
1235
1295
1355
1415
1475
1535
Fire
Monkey
30
1056
1116
1176
1236
1296
1356
1416
1476
1536
Fire
Rooster
31
1057
1117
1177
1237
1297
1357
1417
1477
1537
Earth
Dog
32
1058
1118
1178
1238
1298
1358
1418
1478
1538
Earth
Pig
33
1059
1119
1179
1239
1299
1359
1419
1479
1539
Iron
Rat
34
1060
1120
1180
1240
1300
1360
1420
1480
1540
Iron
Ox
35
1061
1121
1181
1241
1301
1361
1421
1481
1541
Water
Tiger
36
1062
1122
1182
1242
1302
1362
1422
1482
1542
Water
Rabbit
37
1063
1123
1183
1243
1303
1363
1423
1483
1543
wood
Dragon
38
1064
1124
1184
1244
1304
1364
1424
1484
1544
wood
Snake
39
1065
1125
1185
1245
1305
1365
1425
1485
1545
Fire
Horse
40
1066
1126
1186
1246
1306
1366
1426
1486
1546
Fire
Sheep
41
1067
1127
1187
1247
1307
1367
1427
1487
1547
Earth
Monkey
42
1068
1128
1188
1248
1308
1368
1428
1488
1548
Earth
Rooster
43
1069
1129
1189
1249
1309
1369
1429
1489
1549
Iron
Dog
44
1070
1130
1190
1250
1310
1370
1430
1490
1550
Iron
Pig
45
1071
1131
1191
1251
1311
1371
1431
1491
1551
Water
Rat
46
1072
1132
1192
1252
1312
1372
1432
1492
1552
Water
Ox
47
1073
1133
1193
1253
1313
1373
1433
1493
1553
wood
Tiger
48
1074
1134
1194
1254
1314
1374
1434
1494
1554
wood
Rabbit
49
1075
1135
1195
1255
1315
1375
1435
1495
1555
Fire
Dragon
50
1076
1136
1196
1256
1316
1376
1436
1496
1556
Fire
Snake
51
1077
1137
1197
1257
1317
1377
1437
1497
1557
Earth
Horse
52
1078
1138
1198
1258
1318
1378
1438
1498
1558
Earth
Sheep
53
1079
1139
1199
1259
1319
1379
1439
1499
1559
Iron
Monkey
54
1080
1140
1200
1260
1320
1380
1440
1500
1560
Iron
Rooster
55
1081
1141
1201
1261
1321
1381
1441
1501
1561
Water
Dog
56
1082
1142
1202
1262
1322
1382
1442
1502
1562
Water
Pig
57
1083
1143
1203
1263
1323
1383
1443
1503
1563
wood
Rat
58
1084
1144
1204
1264
1324
1384
1444
1504
1564
wood
Ox
59
1085
1145
1205
1265
1325
1385
1445
1505
1565
Fire
Tiger
60
1086
1146
1206
1266
1326
1386
1446
1506
1566
Element
Year
60 yrs cycle
Top Rabjung/ Below all figure Gogerian Calender year
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
Fire
Rabbit
1
1567
1627
1687
1747
1807
1867
1927
1987
Earth
Dragon
2
1568
1628
1688
1748
1808
1868
1928
1988
Earth
Snake
3
1569
1629
1689
1749
1809
1869
1929
1989
Iron
Horse
4
1570
1630
1690
1750
1810
1870
1930
1990
Iron
Sheep
5
1571
1631
1691
1751
1811
1871
1931
1991
Water
Monkey
6
1572
1632
1692
1752
1812
1872
1932
1992
Water
Rooster
7
1573
1633
1693
1753
1813
1873
1933
1993
wood
Dog
8
1574
1634
1694
1754
1814
1874
1934
1994
wood
Pig
9
1575
1635
1695
1755
1815
1875
1935
1995
Fire
Rat
10
1576
1636
1696
1756
1816
1876
1936
1996
Fire
Ox
11
1577
1637
1697
1757
1817
1877
1937
1997
Earth
Tiger
12
1578
1638
1698
1758
1818
1878
1938
1998
Earth
Rabbit
13
1579
1639
1699
1759
1819
1879
1939
1999
Iron
Dragon
14
1580
1640
1700
1760
1820
1880
1940
2000
Iron
Snake
15
1581
1641
1701
1761
1821
1881
1941
2001
Water
Horse
16
1582
1642
1702
1762
1822
1882
1942
2002
Water
Sheep
17
1583
1643
1703
1763
1823
1883
1943
2003
wood
Monkey
18
1584
1644
1704
1764
1824
1884
1944
2004
wood
Rooster
19
1585
1645
1705
1765
1825
1885
1945
2005
Fire
Dog
20
1586
1646
1706
1766
1826
1886
1946
2006
Fire
Pig
21
1587
1647
1707
1767
1827
1887
1947
2007
Earth
Rat
22
1588
1648
1708
1768
1828
1888
1948
2008
Earth
Ox
23
1589
1649
1709
1769
1829
1889
1949
2009
Iron
Tiger
24
1590
1650
1710
1770
1830
1890
1950
2010
Iron
Rabbit
25
1591
1651
1711
1771
1831
1891
1951
2011
Water
Dragon
26
1592
1652
1712
1772
1832
1892
1952
2012
Water
Snake
27
1593
1653
1713
1773
1833
1893
1953
2013
wood
Horse
28
1594
1654
1714
1774
1834
1894
1954
2014
wood
Sheep
29
1595
1655
1715
1775
1835
1895
1955
2015
Fire
Monkey
30
1596
1656
1716
1776
1836
1896
1956
2016
Fire
Rooster
31
1597
1657
1717
1777
1837
1897
1957
2017
Earth
Dog
32
1598
1658
1718
1778
1838
1898
1958
2018
Earth
Pig
33
1599
1659
1719
1779
1839
1899
1959
2019
Iron
Rat
34
1600
1660
1720
1780
1840
1900
1960
2020
Iron
Ox
35
1601
1661
1721
1781
1841
1901
1961
2021
Water
Tiger
36
1602
1662
1722
1782
1842
1902
1962
2022
Water
Rabbit
37
1603
1663
1723
1783
1843
1903
1963
2023
wood
Dragon
38
1604
1664
1724
1784
1844
1904
1964
2024
wood
Snake
39
1605
1665
1725
1785
1845
1905
1965
2025
Fire
Horse
40
1606
1666
1726
1786
1846
1906
1966
2026
Fire
Sheep
41
1607
1667
1727
1787
1847
1907
1967
2027
Earth
Monkey
42
1608
1668
1728
1788
1848
1908
1968
2028
Earth
Rooster
43
1609
1669
1729
1789
1849
1909
1969
2029
Iron
Dog
44
1610
1670
1730
1790
1850
1910
1970
2030
Iron
Pig
45
1611
1671
1731
1791
1851
1911
1971
2031
Water
Rat
46
1612
1672
1732
1792
1852
1912
1972
2032
Water
Ox
47
1613
1673
1733
1793
1853
1913
1973
2033
wood
Tiger
48
1614
1674
1734
1794
1854
1914
1974
2034
wood
Rabbit
49
1615
1675
1735
1795
1855
1915
1975
2035
Fire
Dragon
50
1616
1676
1736
1796
1856
1916
1976
2036
Fire
Snake
51
1617
1677
1737
1797
1857
1917
1977
2037
Earth
Horse
52
1618
1678
1738
1798
1858
1918
1978
2038
Earth
Sheep
53
1619
1679
1739
1799
1859
1919
1979
2039
Iron
Monkey
54
1620
1680
1740
1800
1860
1920
1980
2040
Iron
Rooster
55
1621
1681
1741
1801
1861
1921
1981
2041
Water
Dog
56
1622
1682
1742
1802
1862
1922
1982
2042
Water
Pig
57
1623
1683
1743
1803
1863
1923
1983
2043
wood
Rat
58
1624
1684
1744
1804
1864
1924
1984
2044
wood
Ox
59
1625
1685
1745
1805
1865
1925
1985
2045
Fire
Tiger
60
1626
1686
1746
1806
1866
1926
1986
2046


Locate year 2019 in the table. Once you get this figure you have to see two figure one on top vertical and other on the horizontal in the yellow colored row and column.
Result:
On top row the figure is 17
On the Horizontal the figure is 33
Combining this two figure you get Rabjung Year. So this year the Rabjung year is 1733. Now do some practice and find your birth Rabjung year.

In the table you will see the first Sexagenary cycle starting on 1027 A.D. So this is the Rabjung dating system instituted by Lotsawa Dawa Özer in Tibet.

Hope you have learnt the Rabjung system.

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