Program Details

Shambhala Day - Year of the Water Snake

February 17 / 3:30 PM - February 17 / 8:00 PM

Featuring the annual Shambhala Day address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. 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. (This year's actual date is February 11th.)

We will celebrate Shambhala Day on SUNDAY, February 17th so everyone can attend.  It 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 on Shambhala Day 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.

Afternoon Schedul

3:30      Gather 

3:45      Meditation Practice in the Shrine Room

4:15      The Sakyong’s Recorded Online Address

5:15      Center Director’s Address -- Practice Book Lhasang and Presentation of Shambhala International Heart Gifts -- Year in Review Video -- New Member and Leadership Oaths

6:30      Potluck Dinner Set-up and Service -- Toasts -- Throwing of the I-Ching


There is no cost to attend Shambhala Day, but please bring a potluck dish and beverage, both alcoholic and non-, for our feast.


Kerry Schwartz

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