Friday Evening Meditation, 5-6pm
August 30 / 5:00 PM - August 30 / 9:00 PM
Every Monday- Friday: 5-6pm
Give yourself a gift of space at the end of the day. Come to the Centre for an hour of sitting practice of shamatha meditation. The location for practice will change depending on room availability at the time. Check with the receptionist when you arrive for that evening's location.
Participants are welcome to stay at 6pm for the recitation of the short Shambhala Protector Chant and the ritual tea offering, or join the full closing chants done in the alternate shrine room. (See below.)
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Weekly Halifax Shambhala Centre full opening and closing chants.
Chanting is a proclamation of the dharma. This proclamation touches and informs us as we deepen our practice of meditation. The standard Shambhala Buddhist chants used throughout the whole mandala, together with the chants specifically held by the Halifax Shambhala Centre in its role as a "fortress of dharma" cover the entire expanse of the teachings, and are a profound teaching and practice in and of themselves.
In an ideal practice situation, as in a dathun, every day is cradled by the morning and evening chants. While it would be challenging to find enough volunteers to offer them here daily, starting this September every week will be opened with the Morning Chants, on Monday at 9 AM, and closed with the Evening Chants, on Friday at 5:30 PM. Liturgies available on site. Interested experienced umdzes can contact Mr Villemure at firstname.lastname@example.org
The protector chants are designed to help cut through obstacles and obscurations. These chants are about protecting something precious, our mind of dharma, and protecting from something – our hesitation, doubt and fears. This allows our wisdom to emerge.
Finally, the closing chants help us to recall and sum up our day of practice. Once again, they wake us up. In the closing chants, we acknowledge the lineage, aspire for the long lives of teachers and their vision and aspirations.
The Halifax Evening Chants are:
Vajrasadhu, The Silver Banner of the Golden Drink of Pomra and Abbreviated Supplication to Gesar
Protectors of the Three Courts
Shambhala Protector Chant
Concluding Request to the Protectors
Supplication for the Longevity of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Aspiration of Shambhala: Fulfilling the Wishes of the Dorje Dradül
Buddhist and Shambhala Dedications