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Shambhala Day - Year of the Water Snake
February 11 / 9:00 AM - February 11 / 9:00 PM
SHAMBHALA DAY SCHEDULE
Light continental breakfast offered in the Meditation Room
9 - 10 AM - Birthday Sadhana
10 AM - Sakyong's New Year's address broadcast from Halifax
11 AM - Local address & fundraising
Morning activities completed by 12 noon
2 PM - The throwing of the I Ching and walk at Inspiration Point, led by Shastri Charlene Leung & Bob Pressnall
Meet at the Inspiration Point parking lot in Tilden Park at 2 PM
6 - 7 PM - Replay of the Sakyong’s address in Meditation Room
6:30 PM - Appetizers and cocktails
7 PM - Sadhana of Mahamudra Feast - Potluck style, please bring a dish to share! (Drink will be provided.)
Shambhala Day is based on the traditional Tibetan New Year celebration of Losar. The date changes every year, as it is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar. The New Year is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance, pomp and ceremony. This is also the time when members of the Shambhala community are encouraged to make a financial donation to Shambhala International in order to help support the activities of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and our worldwide mandala.
The Sadhana of Mahamudra is one of the first practices that the Vidyadhara encouraged his students to do, and has a number of important characteristics. This sadhana is a binding factor for our community because students at all levels of practice can participate and receive a true experience or understanding of the spiritual path. Its essential teaching is that the nature of the practice itself undercuts any ideas of spiritual materialism. The practice consists of meditation and chants, and lasts about an hour. As a New Year's feast practice, we will insert a feast offering section to the the Sadhana which will include time to socialize, make offerings and enjoy food together.
All are Welcome!