Shambhala Day: Year of the Water Snake
February 16 / 8:00 AM - February 16 / 2:00 PM
Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the new year of the Water Snake and is one of the most important traditions of the Shambhala Mandala. 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 annula lunar cycles.
Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness or our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, and elegance. Everyone is welcome! Come for all or any part of the celebrations.
Monday, February 11th, 2013, is the actual date of Shambhala Day. Because it is a Monday and a workday for most people, we have decided to hold the celebration instead on Saturday, February 16th. This will allow more people to attend and join in the celebration.
Here is the schedule for the Shambhala Day celebration on Saturday, February 16th:
8:00 morning chants and Sadhana of Mahamudra
9:15 light breakfast
10:15 Elixir of Life Sadhana
11:15 tea break
11:30 Sakyong’s address
12:45 Local community announcements and potluck lunch
You are heartily invited to participate in all or any of the events of the day. It is an opportunity to share and celebrate our heritage as Shambhala warriors. Members and non-members are welcome.