Friday 1 February 2019 (18:00 -19:30)
This year Shambhala Day is Tuesday, February 5th, marking the beginning of a new annual cycle. To dispel the karmic accumulation of personal, social, and environmental chaos at the year's end, all students are encouraged to practice as much as possible in the ten-day period leading up to Shambhala Day. We are encouraged to recite protector chants, in particular, the mamo chants, beginning eleven days before Shambhala Day.
The mamo chant is an elaborate protector offering traditionally recited from the 20th through the 29th days of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and reconnect with sacred outlook. We'll begin the session with a half an hour of sitting meditation practice. It's fine to leave after the meditation if you'd rather not stay for the chants.
The day before Shambhala Day—Monday, February 4th—is considered a neutral day and is a traditional time to clean and refresh one's home and shrines in preparation for the coming year.
This practice is open to all, and there is no charge.