March 2 / 10:00 AM - March 2 / 4:30 PM
On Sunday, March 2 we will be celebrating Shambhala Day in our shrine room and everyone is welcome to attend. Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the lunar New Year, and is 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 practicing together, performing a Lasang (smoke offering) sharing food and drink, and the opportunity to watch a live address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Every Shambhala Day, Sakyong Mipham addresses the worldwide Shambhala community through an on line hook-up, which includes centers and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world.
Shambhala Day will begin at 10 am with a Lasang ceremony in our shrine room. Lasang is a traditional Tibetan purification ceremony that is a key ritual in Shambhala culture. The ceremony is performed to dispel neuroses and confusion and to invoke uplifted energy to a particular place or gathering of warriors. The ceremony consists of burning juniper, offering the rising smoke as a connection between heaven and earth, and reciting particular chants.
Following the Lasang, we will distribute Calendar and Practice Record Books to members, and then we will all practice the Shambhala Sadhana. In January 2011, toward the end of his year in retreat, the Kongma Sakyong composed the Shambhala Sadhana as a way to celebrate and strengthen our understanding of basic goodness and enlightened society. This remarkable practice also serves as a way to bind the Shambhala community in kinship, vision, loyalty, and delight. The Sadhana is normally restricted. However by special permission of the Sakyong, everyone is invited to practice it together for this occasion.
We will have copies of both the Lasang chant and the Shambhala Sadhana available.
The practice will be followed by a potluck lunch. After lunch we will return to the shrine room to watch the Sakyong’s live address to the Shambhala worldwide community.
Following the address we will take a short break, and then show a movie using our new digital projector and screen.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
10:00 a.m. Lassang
10:45 a.m. Distribute Practice Booklets and practice Shambhala Sadhana
11:45 a.m. Potluck lunch
1:00 p.m. Sakyong’s address
2:00 p.m. Movie
We hope you all are able to join us for our celebration of Shambhala Day. Please register for this event on our website so that we know how many people to prepare for. Once you’ve registered, Alice Goguen-Hunsberger will be in touch with each of you regarding the potluck lunch.