Shambhala Day Celebration
February 17 / 9:00 AM - February 17 / 1:00 PM
Featuring an online address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Everyone is warmly invited to attend our Shambhala Day Community Celebration!
Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the new year and is one of the most important observances of the Shambhala Buddhist community. 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 annual lunar cycles. Since this year's date falls on a Monday (February 11th), we will come together as a community to celebrate Shambhala Day on Sunday, February 17th.
Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala community through an online hook-up, which includes centers and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world. Shambhala Day is also a time of Heart Gifts to the center of our mandala, Shambhala International. There will be a brief presentation about our organization and an opportunity to contribute.
9:00 am: Lhasang and Calling the Dralas for the New Year - A warrior tradition to dispel obstacles & increase good qualities in ourselves & the environment
9:15 am: Morning Chants and practice of "The Elixir of Life", a Birthday Sadhana written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche (no prerequisites - all are welcome to participate in this simple yet elegant practice)
10:15 am: Break - Refreshment served in the Shrine Room
10:40 am: Main Event - Replay of the traditional Shambhala International 'Roll Call' and Shambala Day Address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Year in Review, Shambhala International Fundraising, Director’s Address, Welcoming and 'Pinning' of New Members, and Distribution of the Yearly Practice Books
12:30 pm: Community Potluck Lunch in the Community Room - bring a dish to share; Throwing of the 'I Ching'
Many event volunteers are needed. If you're available to help, please contact our Events Coordinator, Celia Brunette at firstname.lastname@example.org