Shambhala Day : The Year of the Water Snake
February 11 / 6:00 AM - February 11 / 3:00 PM
Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year which is one of the most important celebrations of Shambhala Buddhism. The date of the Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar, changes each year as directed by the annual lunar cycles. It is a time for us to enjoy and express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. Please register on the website for Shambhala Day. Cost is free, however, donation are always appreciated.
6:30 am - “First Shot” which is a Kyudo demonstration performed at sunrise
7-8 am Practice: Werma, Stroke, Shamatha Meditation
8:00 am Community Breakfast
9:00 am Opening chants and the Elixir of Life Sadhana practice.
10:00 am Brief community meeting which will include welcoming new members
10:45 am break (or just catch-up time)
11:00 am Chant the Sadhana of Mahamudra
12:00pm Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s address
1:00 p.m. Lunch ($5 - $10 donation suggested)
1:30 Year-in-review being shown in shrine room
2:00 I Ching Reading for the Chicago Shambhala Center
2:20 – 3 Sitting Meditation