Shambhala Day 2018

February 18th

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    Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the new year, and is the most important holiday of the Shambhala community. Based on the traditional Tibetan new year’s celebration of Losar, the day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar cycles. This year, we enter the year of the Earth Dog on February 16th.

    Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, and elegance. Many local Shambhala Centers plan activities throughout the week following the New Year’s Day. Each year, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala Community via a live online broadcast with centers and groups in more than 25 countries around the world.

    Free and open to all--families and children welcome! The teacher's room will be available as a children's play space if needed during the event. You are welcome to come for the whole day or just parts of it! Please note that the hour from 10:30-11:30 is a special practice time--we ask that you arrive before or after that time in order to minimize interruptions. 

    Schedule of Events:

    9:45 am:   Welcome and Community Mingling

    10:15 am: Sitting Meditation 

    10:30 am: Shambhala Sadhana Practice

    11:30 am: Break ***if you are coming late, please wait to arrive until this time in order to create an uninterrupted practice time for the Shambhala Sadhana***

    11:45 am: The Sakyong's Address

    12:15 pm: Remarks by our Coordinator, Welcome New Members, and Fundraiser

    12:40 pm: Festive Potluck Lunch

    1:30 pm: Shambhala Anthem and Clean Up


    What is the Shambhala Sadhana?

    We hope you will join us for a special opportunity to practice the Shambhala Sadhana.  It is a very special practice composed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. This remarkable practice will also serve as a way to bind the Shambhala community in kinship, vision, loyalty, and delight.