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Dön Season Mamo Chants
January 31 / 6:30 PM - February 9 / 6:15 PM
The upcoming celebration of Shambhala Day on February 11 marks the end of one year's cycle and the beginning of a new one. The ten day period beginning eleven days before Shambhala Day is called the the dön season. We are encouraged to practice as much as possible during this time and to work to clear away obstacles and negativity that have been gathering over the year.
In particular, we are encouraged to recite the Mamo Chants together in order to purify the karmic causes of personal, societal and environmental chaos that accumulate at year's end. The mamo chant is an elaborate protector practice by which we tune into our inherent openness, awareness and basic goodness; keep our conduct straightforward and kind; pay proper attention to the details of our lives; and reconnect with sacred outlook.
The day before Shambhala Day is considered neutral and therefore mamo chants are not done on this day. Rather it is a traditional time to clean and refresh one's home and shrines in preparation for the coming year. We will have a community cleaning party on that day as well as the Sadhana of Mahamudra.
You can read more about mamo practice in an article by Dorje Loppön Lodrö Dorje entitled "Protector Principle: Averting the Negativity of the Old Year." The mamo chants can also be done during other times of chaos. For example, the Sakyong has recommended the mamo practice as part of our Formal Practices in Times of War.