Program Details

Shambhala Day - Year of the Water Snake

February 11 / 9:00 AM - February 11 / 9:00 PM

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of a New Year, and represents one of our most important traditions. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will address the worldwide Shambhala community via an online address in the morning. In the afternoon we are encouraged to gather with friends and fellow warriors to celebrate the New Year with neighborhood brunches and conversation. In the evening, everyone is invited back to the Shambhala Center to practice and feast together with the Sadhana of Mahamudra.


9:00 am— Light Breakfast, Tea & Coffee

9:30 am–Noon:

-Birthday Sadhana
-Local Address from Center Director Ulrike Halpern
-New Acharya Oaths for Dan Hessey and Susan Skjei
-Sakyong's Shambhala Day Address

1:00 pm— Community Brunches (various locations)

6:oo pm— Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast- $10; no registration required

There will also be other activities throughout the week following Shambhala Day:

Friday February 15, 6:00 pm           Kalapa Werma Feast (register on the Programs page)

Saturday February 16, 10:00 am    New Year’s Lhasang at Chautauqua Park

Shambhala Day is based on the traditional Tibetan New Year celebration of Losar. The date changes every year, as it is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar.

The New Year is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance, pomp and ceremony. This is also the time when members of the Shambhala community are encouraged to make a financial donation to Shambhala International in order to help support the activities of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and our worldwide mandala.

Click here for more information.


We are seeking a variety of volunteers to create an uplifted environment for our Shambhala Day celebrations. Please click the links below to sign up. Thank you!

Friday, February 8
1:00–5:00 pm

Sparkle & Shine Team
1 Coordinator & 12–15 Volunteers

Cleaning the whole Center, including straightening the maintenance room.

Sign up:$ZniI

Sunday, February 10
1:00 pm

Main Shrine Room Set-Up
5 Volunteers

Shambhala Center General Set-Up & Final Tidy-Up
10 Volunteers

Sign up:

SHAMBHALA DAY: Monday, February 11

Coffee, Tea & Light Breakfast Set-Up- Kitchen/Community Room
7:30–9:45 am
1 Coordinator & 4 Volunteers

Greeters- Main Entrance
8:00–9:30 am
1 Coordinator & 3 Volunteers

Ushers- Main Shrine Room
8:00–9:30 am
1 Coordinator & 3 Volunteers

Family Room Hosts- Shambhala Training Hall
8:00 am– Noon
1 Coordinator & 2 Volunteers (preferably childcare team members)

Audio/Visual Assistance
8:00 am– Noon
2 Experienced AV Volunteers

Sign up:

Morning Clean Up/Evening Set-Up
Noon (or after the conclusion of the morning celebration)
4 Coordinators & 12–15 Volunteers

Clean up the kitchen, community room, Main Shrine Room, Shambhala Training Hall, and tidy up the Center overall. Set up for the Sadhana of Mahamudra gathering in the evening.

Sign up:$vtPE$YE6c

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