Neutral Day Activities -- NEW TIMES
February 10 / 2:00 PM - February 10 / 5:00 PM
Neutral Day -- the day before Shambhala Day (Tibetan New Year, also known as Losar) -- is traditionally devoted to a thorough cleaning and general uplifting of our environment. It is a time to clear away obstacles and/or negativity that has gathered over the year. We clean our space, psychologically and physically.
NEW TIMES: We're cleaning and sprucing up our new Center on Sun. Feb. 10, from 2-5pm. The afternoon will end with a lhasang ceremony, to purify the Center and attract positive energies for the upcoming year. Everyone is warmly invited to participate. Come for as little or long as you are able.
These events will be followed by the Sadhana of Mahamudra practice at 5:30pm (see separate listing).
The following are a few guidelines and/or suggestions for how the Shambhala Community may integrate an end of year practice into their home lives:
1. During the dön period (the ten days before the day immediately preceding Shambhala Day) take time to talk about difficulties, and/ or negativities and discuss them. Create a simple ritual of writing them down, folding them up and burning them. If you have a fire place or a wood stove, you could do this in your own home. If not, you could go to a park or a beach, your deck or back yard, or some place where it is allowed. If it is not possible to do this outdoors, then create a safe environment indoors –light a candle inside a large container and burn the paper there.
2. On ‘Shambhala Day Eve’ (also known as the neutral day- or the day immediately preceding Shambhala Day) or Shambhala Day itself, establish a ceremony, inspired by the Japanese bonenkai, at your local centre, or do one yourself in your own home. To begin, all you need is writing materials and a place to store some papers. Each
member of your household sits down and writes a few of his/her aspirations for the upcoming year. Store them in a safe, out of the way place (that you will remember!). Gather the household, pull out last year’s aspirations, read them over (privately or together) and burn them. The process of writing, remembering/reflecting and offering
is an opportunity to acknowledge our path as human beings and to acknowledge that even the simple gesture of writing down an aspiration is an act in and of itself.
3. Lastly, clean house. Spruce up your environment. Buy some flowers, clear away debris from your property, pay outstanding debts, donate old clothes to charities.
4. Begin the New Year with a fresh outlook. Invite your friends and neighbors over for a lhasang at your house/apt.