Dön Season Practice
February 1 / 7:00 PM - February 9 / 6:00 PM
The winter practice intensive of Mamos chants closes out the Tibetan lunar calendar year. It is traditional during this period to intensify one’s practice, particularly the practices that invoke protector principle, to pacify and transmute negativity.
This is an hour-long chanting practice. During this time, the Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos chant is recited. It is an elaborate protector offering, done before Shambhala Day (Tibetan New Year) to pacify the karmic causes of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulate at the year’s end. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and reconnect with sacred outlook.
"Döns" refer to sudden attacks of depression, resentment, anger, or other negative emotions -- like an unpredictable flu that takes us over. In the last 10 days before the Tibetan Buddhist New Year, it is said that one can be more susceptible to dons, so it is a particularly good time to engage in working with obstacles. This practice consists of periods of meditation and chants.
All practice begins each evening at 7:00 pm except on Sat. Feb 9th when the mamo chants begin at 5:00 pm. The practice will end with tea and a discussion to complete the evening.