Year of the Wood Dragon: Shambhala Day (In Person and Online)

February 11th

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    Room: Main Shrine Room

    Shambhala Day Celebration

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Group meditation
    Shambhala Online international broadcast
    Community conversation

    12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
    Lunch for all

    To attend online . . .

    Zoom Meeting is HERE
    for all of today's activities

    Meeting ID: 808 782 503  •  Passcode: 955323


    About the Shambhala New Year and the Shambhala Day Live Broadcast

    Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the new year, and is the most important holiday for the Shambhala community. Based on the traditional Tibetan New Year celebration of Losar, the date is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, and changes to coincide with the annual lunar cycles. The date for Shambhala Day usually falls somewhere in February or March.

    Shambhala Day and the entire Shambhala New Year season is a time for us to reflect on the year that has passed, and to take an opportunity for fresh starts. As the new year approaches, we have practices associated with releasing the accumulated confusion of our past patterns, and inviting sanity into the year ahead. To celebrate the new year, we express the richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through sharing food and drink, refreshing our homes and Centres so they sparkle, and dressing up to celebrate together. 

    There is also a short Shambhala New Year broadcast organized by Shambhala Global Services, which features Shambhala greetings from around the world, collective practice, and other festivities. Centres, Groups, and members around the world tune in on Shambhala Day to share in this celebration.

    About the Wood Dragon Year

    In Tibetan astrology, the Year of the Dragon is associated with qualities of wisdom, confidence, cleverness and honesty. In Dragon years, we may see revolutionary ideas, but these years can also be known for reliability and a lack of arrogance. The element of Wood in the upcoming Wood Dragon year makes this year less fierce and domineering than other dragon times, bringing us a year with potential for working well with others and being able to compromise when needed.