Shambhala Day

February 16th (2018)

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    Room: 1st Floor Meditation Hall

    SHAMBHALA DAY marks the beginning of the New Year, based on the traditional Tibetan New Year's celebration of Losar. This day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar cycles.

    The Shambhala New Year holds meaning for each of us.  It’s a time of reflection on what we have accomplished and experienced, and a time to consider our aspirations for the future. 

    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. We can all aspire to bring the generosity and stability of the Earth Dog Year into our lives and local communities this coming year.

    FRIDAY February 16th,  Shambhala Day

    7:00    Sunrise Lhasang Ceremony - Top of Mount Tolmie
    8:30    Coffee/Bagels at the Centre
    9:00    Opening Lhasang and Elixir of Life 
    10:00   Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche; online broadcast
    11:00   Oaths, 
    I Ching, Aspirations for Year of the Earth Dog

    Lunch (opportunity to join community in going out for lunch)

    3:30    Shambhala Sadhana  lead by Cameron Crofton

              7:30    Sadhana of Mahamudra lead by John Cowan


    SATURDAY Feb. 17th

    1:00-5:00  Outdoor & indoor activities for members & friends at Caleb Pike Heritage Park (see program listing for details).


    SUNDAY Feb. 18th (at the end of regular Sunday morning meditation practice; all are welcome)

    11:30   Re-Broadcast of the Sakyong's New Year address, I Ching reading results, and Aspirations

    1:30    A hike on Mt. Doug Led by George Klima.  Meet in the parking lot of The Meditation Centre and then head out.  Good footwear required.


    Volunteers or more information - If you would like to volunteer to help with Shambhala Day & weekend events, please contact John  at  [email protected]
    Donations welcome