Program Details

Regional Dön Season Community Practice Day: Obstacles as Path

with Alan Schwartz
February 2 / 10:00 AM - February 2 / 5:00 PM

Please join Acharya Alan Schwartz and the Bay Area Shambhala Community for a day of meditation, community, teachings and discussion. This month’s practice day will focus on bringing obstacles to the path as the yearly lunar calendar comes to an end. In the Shambhala and Tibetan Buddhist tradition this is known as Dön Season. Dön means obstacle and Season refers to the accumulation of karmic forces at the end of the year that can manifest as discord, accidents, physical sickness and fixed views.

According to Acharya Lodro Dorje:
Just as the motion of the earth and the cycle of the seasons take place, there may be also a cycle of the karmic forces on a psychic level. Traditionally the end of the old year is seen as a time of the ripening of karmic tendencies.

Dön season is considered a good time to practice meditation, self-reflect, clean our homes, and generally gather our energy and regroup for the coming year.

For more information on Dön season, you can read the full article by Acharya Lodro Dorje, as well as this article from Shambhala Teacher Lodro Rinzler.

     10:00 Morning Chants/ Guided Meditation
     10:30 Meditation Practice (Vajrayana Upstairs)
     12:30 Potluck Lunch
     1:30  Talk and Discussion with Acharya Schwartz, Obstacles as Path
     3:30  Protector Practice with Mamo Chants
     4:00  Tea Reception

There is no cost to attend this event, but donations are always welcome. Please bring a contribution to the potluck lunch.

It is helpful for planning purposes if you preregister to let us know of your intent to attend.

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