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Midsummer’s Day

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Location: Rock Creek Park - Picnic Area 6 (see directions below)
Suggested donation: $10 (children free). Pot luck affair.


The Shambhala community comes together in many ways – to practice, learn, serve others — and to celebrate! By joining spiritual practice with the practicalities, challenges, and joys of everyday life, we aspire to create a society that expresses the dignity of human experience.

Shambhala seasonal celebrations are called nyida days, from the Tibetan words nyima (sun) and dawa (moon), and they occur on or near the days of the equinoxes and solstices. Midsummer’s Day is a celebration of the Nyida day associated with the summer solstice. Come and celebrate the changing of seasons Shambhala style! This gathering is an opportunity for families and friends to enjoy summer fun and a potluck picnic lunch together. Everyone is welcome.

The main courses will be provided by the Center, such as cookout meats and veggie patties, condiments and non-alcoholic beverages (alchoholic beverages are prohibited in the park). Participants are asked to bring side dishes and desserts. Participants are also asked to make a nominal donation to cover the costs of the main course foods and supplies.

Plans for the afternoon include a lhasang, raffle, games, and a special welcome for new sangha members.

Assistance is needed with:
• Set-up on Saturday morning
• Clean up
• Organizing raffle
• Overseeing gaming activities
• Food shopping

Some of these roles may be filled but the more the merrier so please check in...

From the Center (west of the park):
Travel North on Connecticut Ave. 1.5 miles.
Turn Right onto Nebraska Ave.
Drive .4 miles and turn Right onto Military Road.
Drive 1.2 miles and turn Right onto Ross Road Entrance into Rock Creek Park.
Drive to the bottom of the short hill to the stop sign.
Turn Left on to Beach Dr. (Beach Drive is closed to the right).
Be careful of the cyclists and joggers!
Just up ahead is parking for Picnic Area 6 on the left.

From Military Road (east of the park):
Take the Ross Road exit into the Park Loop around to the first stop sign.
Turn Left onto Joyce Road; At the next stop sign turn Left onto Beach Dr. (Beach Drive is closed to the right).
Be careful of the cyclists and joggers!
Just up ahead is parking for Picnic Area 6 on the left.

For more information and to volunteer, email:


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