Shambhala Day Celebration (Buddhist New Year)
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 9am – 1pm
Whether you are new to Shambhala or you’re an old friend come help us celebrate
and welcome in the Tibetan New Year!
Shambhala Day is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conversation, culture and decorum. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala community on Shambhala Day through a broadcast that includes centers and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world.
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. This is also the time when members of the Shambhala community are encouraged to make a financial donation to Shambhala in order to help support the activities of our worldwide mandala.
Year of the Fire Bird
The Bird is associated with dawn and awakening, so it is said that the Year of the Bird (Hen) values discipline and hard-work; never giving up and seeing each day as a fresh start. The Year of the Fire Bird highlights loyalty, commitment, and integrity. There can sometimes be a tendency for impulsiveness in the quick flames of the Fire Bird Year, but generosity, courage and strong principles calm the impetuous nature of this time. The Fire Hen is social, and reminds us that the power of community is the support and encouragement that we can offer each other.