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February 10 / 7:00 PM - February 18 / 8:00 PM
It is traditional to practice the mamo chants during the 10 days closing the old lunar year. The mamos represent the protector principle: by acknowledging the accumulated negative energy of hesitation and conflict in our personal and collective lives we can rouse the intention to be mindful, generous and beneficial to others. This practice allows for closure and a sense of fresh start, empowered by our transformation of what seemed to be obstacles into confidence to move forward with compassion and fearlessness.
The upcoming celebration of Shambhala Day marks the end of one year’s cycle and the beginning of a new one. We are encouraged to practice as much as possible in the period (the dön season) just before Shambhala Day. In particular, we are encouraged to recite the mamo chants together in order to purify the karmic causes of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at year’s end. The mamo chant is an elaborate protector practice by which we tune into our inherent openness, awareness and basic goodness; keep our conduct straightforward and kind; pay proper attention to the details of our lives; and reconnect with sacred outlook.
The Don Season this year is February 10 to February 18. During this period the mamo chants will be practiced every day at the Center starting at 7 p.m. The practice is about an hour in length, and is open to the public. The day before Shambhala Day is considered neutral and therefore mamo chants are not done on this day; rather, it is a traditional time to clean and refresh one’s home and shrines in preparation for the coming year.
You can read more about mamo practice in an article by Dorje Loppon Lodro Dorje: Protector Principle: Averting the Negativity of the Old Year.