Shambhala Day Community Celebration: Year of the Fire Bird

February 27th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Shambhala Day 2017, Year of the Fire Bird

    Open to all, families and children most welcome!

    Please feel free to attend part, or all, of the day. 

    Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year and is one of the most important observances in the Shambhala Buddhist community. Based on Losar, the traditional Tibetan New Year's celebration, the date is calculated astrologically to coincide with the lunar cycles.

    On this day we celebrate the beginning of a new year, a fresh start and opportunity to let go of past patterns. This is a time when we can express the elegance and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through practice, generosity and appreciation, feasting and conviviality.

    Schedule (times may shift)

    8 am: Gather, Lhasang (Juniper Smoke Offering) 

    8:30 am: Breakfast, Coffee/Tea

    9 am: Opening Chants and Sitting

              Dana/Generosity Practice

    10 am: Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche's Live International Address

                  Oath and Shambhala Service Award Ceremonies

    Noon:  Potluck Lunch*

                 *please note at registration the dish you’re bringing, see below

    12:45 pm: First Shot Ceremony: Kyudo, the Way of Japanese Archery

                    I Ching Reading for Community for Fire Bird Year

    1:30 pm: Shambhala Sadhana Practice*, Open to All on this day

                   *plan to attend for the full practice time

    3:00 pm: Closing the Mandala and Clean Up Together

    We need your help! To volunteer for Shambhala Day, please be in touch with Volunteer Coordinator Abbey Pleviak, [email protected]

    Kindly register to help us plan!  Please let us know in the comments box what you will be bringing for the potluck, i.e. protein, vegetable, grain or sweet, and also indicate if gluten-free, dairy-free, etc.

    This coming Shambhala Day we begin the Year of the Fire Bird. It is known as Fire Bird since it’s a “Rooster” year, but female, so therefore Hen or 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.