Shambhala Day - The Year of the Water Snake
February 16 / 9:00 AM - February 16 / 8:00 PM
Shambhala Day marks the beginning of a New Year, and represents one of our most important traditions. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will address the worldwide Shambhala community via an online address. We will practice together in the morning and listen to the Sakyong's address in the afternoon, enjoying a potluck dinner in the evening. New members will receive their pins, and new officers will take vows and receive pins. All members will receive new practice calendars for 2013.
9:00 a.m. - Opening Chants and Sitting Practice
9:30 a.m. - Lhasang - Traditional Tibetan ceremony to dispel neurosis, purify the environment, and bring blessings down to both people and place. Everyone is welcome to bring a special object for the year to be blessed by the lhasang smoke.
10:00 a.m. - Sitting Meditation
10:30 a.m. - Elixir of Life sadhana practice - The Sakyong has requested that everyone throughout the sangha (community) practice the Elixir of Life (Birthday Sadhana) together as part of the annual ritual. The practice combines simple ritual with a short series of contemplations about one's life and motivation, and is a wonderfully elegant way to enter another year on this earth.
11:30 a.m. - Tea break
12:00 p.m. - Shambhala Sadhana - The Shambhala Sadhana is a relatively new practice written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. He composed this practice to deepen our personal and social connection with basic goodness. The Shambhala Sadhana is simple and quite powerful in its direct approach to basic goodness.
12:50 p.m. - Closing chants
Break for lunch and changing clothes, bringing food for potluck, set-up for evening
2:00 p.m. - Momo Making - Join Veronica Haberkost in making delicious Tibetan vegetarian dumplings, a favorite!
3:00 p.m. - Sakyong's Address & International Roll Call
4:30 p.m. - Recognition of New Members, Distribution of Yearly Practice Books, Leadership Oaths, Throwing of the I-Ching - New members will receive membership pins, and all members receive practice calendars to keep record of your practice for the Year of the Water Snake (February 11, 2013- March 2, 2014). Family and friends are welcome to this ceremony too. Retiring and new leaders of the Pittsburgh Shambhala Meditation Center will take their oaths, and the three pillars (heads of Governance, Protection, and Practice & Education) of the Shambhala Meditation Center of Pittsburgh will throw the I-Ching.
5:00 p.m. - Community Meeting - Talking circle and reflection on the Sakyong's address and vision of Shambhala in Pittsburgh.
5:30 p.m. - Potluck Dinner & Fundraising for Shambhala International - 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.
7:00 p.m. - Clean-up practice
Please help us anticipate how many will be attending by clicking the link to register (below) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Let us know if you plan to attend for all or part of the day.
Another event happens that evening for the Three Rivers Dharma Center. Everyone is encouraged to support our greater Pittsburgh sangha and the dharma center that supported us in our first year:
LOSAR 2013 - Dinner and Concert Fundraiser for Three Rivers Dharma Center
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. - Concert starts at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Days Inn, 1150 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh PA 15216
What: Dinner with Tibetan and Indian food and a Concert featuring Tibetan singer Yeshe Khandro
There will be a silent auction with many beautiful items related to Tibetan culture. Door prizes will also be given.
Tickets are $25 per person, on sale at Three Rivers Dharma Center and Snow Lion Imports / Sherpa Gear; children under 12 admitted free.