Shambhala Day Celebration - Year of the Firebird
Cheerful Shambhala Day
Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year, which is one of the most important traditions of the Shambhala Mandala. 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 revelry, conviviality, elegance and pomp. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala community on Shambhala Day through an online hook-up, which includes centers and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world.
For this year, we will actually be hosting two different times to celebrate Shambhala Day since it falls on a weekday: Monday, February 27th.
In the morning, from 7 am - noon, we will begin the festivities at the Center by practicing the Shambhala Sadhana before hosting the Sakyong’s live address to the international community at 10 am with discussion afterwards along with plans for the new year. We will offer lunch.
In the evening, from 6 to 9 pm, the Center will host a splendid community gathering to watch the Sakyong’s address from the morning, introduce new members and positions, contemplate and discuss membership as well as plans for the new year, and ask for financial and volunteer support.
How the morning looks:
7:00 - 7:30 am - arrive - lhasang at front door
7:30 - 8:00 am - color party
Food and drink set up
8:00 - 9:00 am - Intro to Shambhala Sadhana + the practice
9:00 - 9:45 am - Break: set up for the online address
People can get food and drink during this time
Spontaneous calligraphy - in lower shrine room
Director’s talk : moving into community process (JoAnn)
Volunteer Appreciation and Tenno (Greg)
Finance Update (Cynthia) and Fundraiser (Michael and maybe others)
Matthew Lyon Astrology Reading
In the evening, from 6 to 9 pm, the Center will host the second splendid community gathering to watch the Sakyong’s address from the morning, and continue the celebration and discussions.
We will also offer more food and libations in the evening!
Everyone in the extended community, friends and family are welcome!
Location: Seattle Shambhala Center, 3107 E Harrison St, Seattle. We remain considerate of our neighbors in regards to parking. If you are driving, please do not park on 31st. Thank you.
For questions, contact Greg Wolk, firstname.lastname@example.org.