|SHAMBHALA DAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATION 2009
Wed February 25th: 7:30 AM - 12:00 PM
SHAMBHALA DAY 2009
Shambhala Day 2009 is Wednesday, February 25th. This begins the year of the Earth Ox.
Here’s an unofficial glimpse:
The year of the Ox is one in which success will escape without a sustained, mindful effort. The sort of problems that are encountered in the year of the Ox tend to be home front problems that seem to be never ending. The Ox year needs discipline and it is not the time for unruly behaviour or taking short cuts. In this year success is achieved solely through hard work.
The February Mirror will include full details of Shambhala Week events.
Wednesday, February 25th - Shambhala Day
7:30 am Pre-practice Light Breakfast
8:00 am Community Practice: The Elixir of Life (known as "the Birthday Sadhana")
9:00 am International Address and Local Events
Noon Brunches (at various homes-will be posted at BSC on Wed)
6pm Sadhana of Mahamudra: Practice & Celebration ($15 donation for feast)
--------------------------------------------------- THE YEAR OF THE OX
1/26/2009 - 2/13/2010 (Earth)
According to the Chinese Zodiac, the Year of 2009 is the Year of the Ox. The Ox, or the Buffalo sign symbolizes prosperity through fortitude and hard work. Those born under the influence of the Ox or Buffalo are fortunate to be stable and persevering. The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character. Not many people could equal the resolution and fearlessness that the Ox exhibits when deciding to accomplish a task. Ox people work hard without complaints at work or at home. They know that they will succeed through hard work and sustained efforts, and do not believe in get-rich-quick schemes
SHAMBHALA DAY marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. 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 feasting, conviviality, elegance and pomp. Accordingly, Centers are encouraged to plan activities throughout the week following the New Year's Day. As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche addresses the worldwide Shambhala community on Shambhala Day through a phone hook-up, which includes centers and groups from 5 continents and over 25 countries around the world.
This is also the time when members of the Shambhala community are encouraged to make a financial donation to Shambhala in order to help support the activities of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and our worldwide mandala. We ask that fundraising for Shambhala be given a spotlight at all centers and groups.
Shambhala Day Pot-luck Brunch.
At various homes in Boulder. Locations posted at BSC on Wednesday.
Please, bring food to share!
Shambhala Day, The Elixir of Life: A Birthday Practice
February 25, 8 am, Main Shrine Room
Written by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, this practice is extremely sweet and profound. Written so that each of us could celebrate our own birth and gain strength for the coming year, it features the famous four thoughts that turn the mind toward dharma. During the practice, we purify ourselves with saffron water, representing the purity of the Great Eastern Sun, and offer flowers, fruit, and incense to the shrine. If you would like to, please bring a small offering of flowers and fruit for the main shrine!!