Program Details

Shambhala Day


March 2 / 10:30 AM - March 2 / 2:00 PM

About Shambhala Day


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.  On this day we are beginning the Year of the Wood Horse!


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.


You might enjoy this article in the Shambhala Times about Shambhala Day from Sakyum Wendy Friedman, Director of the Office of Culture and Decorum.


The schedule for the day's local activities is:



  • 11 am - Elixir of Life Sadhana for the New Year

  • Noon - Streaming presentation from Shambhala International including the Sakyong's address

  • Followed by (maybe 12:45?) - Ceremony for the Retirement Oath of our current Center Director and the Director's Oath of our incoming Director

  • Followed by (maybe 1 pm?) - Pot luck lunch

  • Concluding with the annual casting of the Center's I Ching for the Year of the Wood Horse.


Don't miss this wonderful community event! 

Go to Birmingham's website