Program Details

Shambhala Day 2013 Year of the Water Snake

February 11 / 9:30 AM - February 11 / 12:30 PM

Three Things About Water Snake Years

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the new year—this year, the Year of the Water Snake. Based on the traditional Tibetan New Year’s celebration of Losar, the day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar.

Around the globe, people gather in their local centres to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through practice, feasting, conviviality and elegance. A highlight of the festivities is Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day address, broadcast to centres and groups spanning six continents.

This is also a time when Shambhala community members are encouraged to make a financial donation to Shambhala to help support the activities of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and our worldwide mandala.


  • 9:30 AM:  Arrival

  • 10:00 AM: Purification ritual, opening chants, and Elixir of Life practice

  • 11:00 AM: Address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

  • 12:00 PM: Centre Director’s report, review of year, and generosity appeal

  • 12:30 PM: Celebratory lunch out

For more information, please contact Katherine at

We will also rebroadcast the Sakyong's talk on during public sitting/talk on Tuesday, February 12.

We will also be holding a members and friends social event for Shambhala Day on Sunday, February 10.  Please see website for more information and to register.


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