Program Details

Shambhala Day (Saturday celebration)


February 16 / 4:00 PM - February 16 / 6:30 PM

About Shambhala Day


Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year – the Year of the Water Snake this 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 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 will address 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.


Two Celebrations this Year!


Because Shambhala Day falls on a weekday this year and we want to include as many people as possible in our celebrations, we will have a simple celebration on Monday, February 11, the actual date of the holiday, and a more elaborate one on the following Saturday, February 16.  Please join us for either or both!  Since we will be having pot luck at both celebrations, please contact the coordinators listed below or register on the website to let us know how any people are coming.


Monday, February 11, beginning at 10:30 am:



  • Sitting meditation

  • Elixir of Life Sadhana

  • Pot luck brunch

  • Live streaming video of the Sakyong’s address beginning at noon

  • Brief fundraising


Contact Pat Dunlap at pat@dixietudios.com or Marion Buckley at mfbuckley@bellsouth.net to say if you plan to attend the brunch and what you plan to bring, or register on the webpage for the Monday celebration.


Saturday, February 16, beginning at 4:00 pm:



  • Sitting meditation

  • Elixir of Life Sadhana

  • View recording of the Sakyong’s address

  • Brief fundraising

  • Casting of the Center’s I Ching for the Year of the Water Snake

  • Pot luck supper, with drinks and dessert provided by the Center


Contact Tonya Veitch at tveitch618@hotmail.com to say if you plan to attend the supper and what you plan to bring, or register below.

Go to Birmingham's website