Harvest of Peace

September 22nd

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    Room: 1st Floor Meditation Hall

    We will be hosting our annual Harvest of Peace celebration Saturday, Sept 22nd.

    Hamish Tucker will lead a "Sense Awareness Walk" (rain or shine) beginning at 1 p.m. at Government House. Part Two will start at 4 pm. at the Centre.

    In the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, the change of seasons is considered an important transition time where we pause to reflect on where we have come from and plant seeds for future growth. The annual Harvest of Peace is one of four Nyida (seasonal) holidays, celebrating the Fall equinox. 

    On Saturday September 22nd, Shambhala Victoria will host our Harvest of Peace potluck celebration. This year we are delighted to have Songhees Elder Joan Morris address the gathering. 

    The Shambhala community has been through a lot of turmoil in the past couple of months with allegations of sexual misconduct made against the Sakyong, leader of Shambhala International. 

    Times of transition remind us of the truth of impermanence and reveal the often hidden fruits of meditation practice. Our local community has been engaged in a very healthy response to this crisis, listening to and supporting each other’s journeys. My hope as Director at the VSC is that we use this sudden gap to move us closer to the greater vision of creating an enlightened society.

    Harvest of Peace is also a time when members are asked to make a contribution to the local centre. The Victoria Shambhala Centre has begun some much-needed renovations to our space, and if you are able to offer a donation or volunteer time towards this effort it would be very welcome. More information on our plans will be announced at the event.

    Schedule of events for Sat, Sept 22nd

    1 pm - Sense Awareness walk at Government House - 1401 Rockland Ave, meet at gazebo.

    4 pm - Opening Lhasang (smoke offering), Oath ceremony for Chagdzo Mike Lenz, set up and social time - please bring a game or art activity to share.

    6 pm - Official welcome from Joan Morris, Songhees elder, short comments from Director, and Chagdzo

    6:30 - Potluck begins - please bring a food item to share. There will be BBQ and salmon provided by the centre. Other items like salads and desserts are most welcome. 

    8 pm onward - Dessert, clean up and dance party - please bring music for a playlist. “Peace’ themed music during our meal has been suggested. 

    All are welcome!