Shambhala Day Celebration (Buddhist New Year)

February 18th (2018)

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    Room: Meditation Hall

    Shambhala Day

    Sunday, February 18, 2018, 9:30 am - 2pm

    Whether you are new to Shambhala or you’re an old friend come help us celebrate 

    and welcome in the Tibetan Year of the Earth Dog!  

    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 Earth Dog

    This coming year is the Earth Dog Year. In the animal zodiac, dog year individuals are the most humanitarian, are selfless givers, and strive for justice and equality. They are fiercely loyal, decent, and courageous and are also magnanimous and prosperous. With the added element of earth, the energy of the dog is efficient, grounded, and vigilant.


    9:30 Tea/bagels
    10:00 lhasang and Elixir of Life, also children's parade!
    10:45 Community Greeting, Council Oaths, New member oaths
    11:15 Break/setup circle for Sadhana
    11:30 Shambhala Sadhana
    12:15 Potluck feast within context of Sadhana, toasts
    1:00  Roll call and Sakyong Address
    1:45 Dedication of Merit and clean up