Program Details

Shambhala Day : The Year of the Wood Horse

March 1 / 5:30 PM - March 2 / 4:00 PM

Cheerful Year of the Woodhorse!

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year which is one of the most important celebrations of Shambhala Buddhism. The date of the Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar, changes each year as directed by the annual lunar cycles. It is a time for us to enjoy and express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp.  

Please bring some kind of food dish, bread or dessert for the community lunch on Sunday.  This year we are asking for a suggested $10 donation (or more if you can help others) in order to cover breakfast, the three teachings, the DJ and the nine-plus hours of New Year’s activities!  Please register online to help us with the breakfast count.  Please give a donation if possible, either on-line or at the West Loop Center.

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sadhana of Mahamudra (liturgy written by Chogyam Trungpa using vivid imagery, chants, mantras and meditation to give us a taste of enlightened mind.  There will be an explanation of some of the teachings contained and how to connect with the practice.  All are invited.)

Sunday morning, March 2nd, 2014

6:00 a.m.  Assemble in Shrine Room for Kyudo demonstration

(contemplative archery - archers in ceremonial dress)

A reminder that sitting in Edgewater, Oak Park and at Queer Dharma are cancelled so that all can enjoy Shambhala Day.

6:24 am   First Shot (archery) at sunrise followed by meditation.

Stroke practice (contemplative calligraphy) for graduates of Warrior Assembly & Kalapa Assembly - please bring your brush!

7:00 am  Breakfast (some food will also be available through the morning)

7:15 am    Aspirations (write down aspirations for upcoming year)

8:00 am    Lhasang - a ceremony using chant and juniper smoke to connect with the energies around us to purify and renew our minds, possessions and endeavors.

Everyone is welcome to bring a special object for the year to be blessed in the lhasang smoke.  The lhasang will be INDOORS this year.

9:00 am     Opening chants and the Elixir of Life Sadhana.

Chants contain teachings and can help us wake up to appreciating the basic goodness of ourselves and every moment.  Sadhanas are liturgies using chants, visualizations, actions and various forms of meditation to wake us up to our basic goodness and help us live productive lives of service to others.  Today’s sadhanas are open to all and will include explanations and teachings by our shastris (senior teachers.)

9:45 am    Community Meeting - Director’s report, new member ceremony, oaths for specific volunteer positions, etc.

10:45 a.m  the Shambhala Sadhana written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to help us realize enlightened society quickly.

12:00 pm    Worldwide roll-call, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s address & Community Blessing Ceremony

1:00 pm    Potluck Community Lunch.  Submission of poems for possible reading during toasts.

1:30 pm Toasts, a few poems, anthem and Shambhala songs.

1:45 pm    Celebration!  Videos, possible I Ching, astrology, etc. reading, poetry fest, board games in community room and various small rooms.   “Tea Dance”in the shrine room with DJ. 

A tea dance comes from Victorian times - it is a dance, generally on Sunday afternoons around tea-time, often more fun than formal evening dances. 

3:30 pm    Group cleanup


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