Program Details

Shambhala New Year 2013 Year of the Water Snake

February 11 / 8:00 AM - February 11 / 2:00 PM

This year, as Shambhala Day falls on a statutory holiday, we can consider it as a 3-day weekend which can include the following traditions:

Monday, February 11:  Shambhala Day marks the beginning of our New Year, and represents one of our most important traditions.  As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche will address the worldwide Shambhala community via a live online address in the morning.   Please join us for a day of practice and celebration to greet the Year of the Water Snake.

Shambhala Day Schedule: 

8:00am: Dorje Kasung Colour Party & Elixir of Life Sadhana (practiced as a group only on Shambhala Day)

9:00am: New Year Breakfast (please RSVP for Breakfast HERE)

10:00am: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Shambhala Day Address & International Fundraising

11:00am – 12pm: New Member’s Oath Ceremony and Centre Update

12:30pm: Buffet Lunch ($25) -REGISTRATION NOW CLOSED FOR LUNCH.

Join us for an authentic 4 course Thai meal at U and I Thai Restaurant

Remainder of the day: Gather with friends, family and fellow warriors to celebrate the New Year with good food and conversation.

Sunday, Febuary 10: the day before Shambhala Day is a “neutral day”.  It is traditional to thoroughly clean our home shrines on this day, and to make special or "best" offerings for the new year. This is also a great time to focus on our Shambhala Households, to tidy up and  prepare our space for a fresh start. Also as an End of the Year practice on Shambhala Day Eve, we can sit down alone or with our family members and write a few aspirations for the upcoming year. Store them in a safe place for next year when you can read them over and burn them as an acknowledgement of our path as human beings.

Saturday, February 9: As the ‘peak’ of the obstacles season, join in practicing the Mamo chants at the Centre from 9:30am – 11:00am (followed by a cleaning party from 11:00am – 1:30pm with pizza)


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.

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