March 2 / 9:00 AM - March 2 / 4:00 PM
Mark your calendar for Shambhala Day, March 2nd. The SPSMC Advisory Council and Practice & Education Committee are planning a very special celebration this year, including the reveal and dedication of the shrine room renovation that is underway now. Registration is now open - you won't want to miss it!
Agenda of events and details below.
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.
Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. Shambhala is an ancient tradition that is rooted in the longing we all have to be completely authentic and to live in a society that cultivates our true expression as human beings.
Events for this year's celebration include:
9:00 am - 12:00 noon, Shambhala Day morning practice
- Welcome breakfast
- Shambhala Sadhana
- Sitting, Chants, Sadhana Talk with Shastri Gayle Van Gils
- Sadhana Feast
On this occasion, the Shambhala Sadhana is open to all SPSMC members and friends in observance of the New Year holiday. We encourage everyone to make plans to take part in this special event.
Registration is strongly encouraged for this practice so that we may adequately provide food for the practice feast.
Due to the sacred formality of the Shambhala Sadhana, participants will not admitted after the practice begins at 9:30 am.
12:30 - 4:00 pm, Shambhala Day afternoon celebration
- Live address from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche - 1:00 pm
- Celebration reception
- Traditional lhasang ceremony
- New Shambhala Shrine dedication
- Induction & oath of newly appointed center director
- New member welcome & oath, with membership pins
- Fundraising raffle to benefit Shambhala International
The afternoon celebration activities are less formal. Participants are welcome to join this portion of the event as their personal schedule permits. We do ask that anyone planning to attend for the Sakyong's address please arrive prior to the 1:00 pm start time. Please register below.
More about Shambhala Day
This holiday is an opportunity for you to reconnect to your aspiration; to reflect upon the goodness of the world; to express joy, humor and tenderness; and to enjoy the community of others who are similarly inspired.
In Shambhala: Sacred Path of the Warrior, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche puts the matter this way:
"There are seasons in your life in the same way as there are seasons in nature. There are times to cultivate and create, when you nurture your world and give birth to new ideas and ventures. There are times of flourishing and abundance, when life feels in full bloom, energized and expanding. And there are times of fruition, when things come to an end. They have reached their climax and must be harvested before they begin to fade. And finally, of course, there are times that are cold and cutting and empty, times when the spring of new beginnings seems like a distant dream. These rhythms in life are natural events. They weave into one another as day follows night, bringing, not messages of hope and fear, but messages of how things are."
As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala community on Shambhala Day through an onlinehook-up, which includes centres and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world.
This is also the time when members of the Shambhala community are encouraged to make a financial donation to Shambhala in order to help support the activities of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and our worldwide mandala.
Visit Shambhala.org for additional background on the importance of the Shambhala Day observance.