Program Details

Shambhala Day (New Year's Celebration)

March 2 / 8:30 AM - March 2 / 4:00 PM

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. Accordingly, Centers and Groups are encouraged to plan activities throughout the week following Shambhala Day. 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.


8:30 -
9:15    Breakfast Social

9:15    Opening Chants
           Elixir of Life -  a short practice celebration our precious human birth.

9:45 -
11:00  Sitting Meditation

11:00   Activities for Families

11:00   Lhasang  -Invoking magic for the new year. Everyone welcome. 

11:15 - 
12:45   Shambhala Sadhana - with potluck feast.. Shambhala Sadhana practice open to
            everyone on this special holiday.  The Sakyong composed this practice to deepen
            our personal and social connection with basic goodness.
            Instruction will be provided. Please bring a dish to share!

1:00       The Sakyong will make his annual address.

Following the address - times are approximate depending on the length of the Sakyong's talk.

2:00        Shambhala Year in Review Video & Dessert

2:45        Council Oaths of Office of incoming Director Elissa Kane
               Retirement Oath for Treasurer Kathy Earle
               Distribution of  Practice Records

3:00        I Ching for the Coming Year
               Closing Chants
               Shambhala Anthem 

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