Shambhala Day: Year of the Water Snake
February 11 / 7:00 AM - February 11 / 2:00 PM
Everyone is warmly invited to attend the Shambhala Day Community Celebrations!
Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year and is one of the most important observances in the Shambhala Buddhist 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.
Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through conviviality, elegance and generosity.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will address the worldwide Shambhala community through an on-line hook-up, which includes centers and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world.
Children are most welcome to attend! Guided children's activities will be provided from 9-10 am at which time the children are invited to join their parents in the shrine room for the annual address by the Sakyong. From 11am until noon, children are welcome to come and go between the children's room and the shrine room.
7:00 am: Kalapa Dawn
Outdoor Lhasang -- A warrior tradition to dispel obstacles & increase good qualities in ourselves & the environment. You're welcome to bring a special item to bless.
8:00 am: Community Breakfast
8:30 am - Noon: Main Event
Includes: the Elixir of Life Practice; International Shambhala Day Address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche; International Annual Fundraising; and our local program, which will include our semi-annual new members ceremony as well as the retirement ceremony for our out-going Center Director, Lesa Ricci, the oath ceremony of our new Center Director Lisa Stanley, and other recognitions. Many volunteer needed, contact Abbey Pleviak, Volunteer Coordinator to help.
12:30 pm: Community Potluck Lunch
Bring a dish to share. Drinks and main meat dish are provided.
4:30 pm: Celebratory Gathering at the Portland City Grill Happy Hour
We will hold the view, high above the city! They have delicious, inexpensive, small plates of food as well as a large variety of drinks with and without alcohol. 111 SW 5th Avenue on the 30th floor. Validated underground parking available.
Many event volunteers are needed. If you're available to help, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Abbey Pleviak.