Past Special Events
Archived Info for Shambhala Centre leadership


This page hosts the archived information for special events that have already passed.

 

Parinirvana Day - April 4, 2014

The parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche is commemorated on April 4 (though many centres choose to hold their events on the closest weekend). It is a day for the Shambhala sangha to gather together to celebrate the life and teachings of the Vidyadhara.

In general, the intention is for the sangha to do practices we have received from the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In particular, students practice The Sadhana of Mahamudra, with the option of including the feast section for this special occasion. For this occasion, the feast may be open to the entire community, although it must be led by a vajrayana student. Trungpa Rinpoche received this sadhana while he was on retreat in Bhutan in 1968 and it has been practiced by Shambhala students since he introduced it soon after his arrival in North America.

Video Teachings from the Shambhala Archives
The Shambhala Archives has once again prepared a video of select teachings by the Vidyadhara specially for the occasion of Parinirvana Day.

You can access the film in two ways:

1) Click here to download it to your computer. Downloading the clip will allow you to watch it later without being connected to the internet. It is also a higher resolution, so centres who plan to project the film on a larger screen should use this version for highest quality. You will need Quicktime or VLC to view it.

Depending on your browser and settings, the file may begin to download automatically, or you may see the movie begin to play. Click the button in the upper right-hand corner that says "Download". It will download to your downloads folder or whatever you have set as a default. This is a large file so be patient.

2) Click here to stream it from YouTube. NOTE: you must be connected to the internet in order to stream.

Support the Shambhala Archives
Parinirvana Day is also traditionally the time when the Shambhala Archives raises funds to support its ongoing work. If you feel inspired to bring this to your community, or to make a donation on their behalf, please simply click the "Donate" button on http://archives.shambhala.org/index.php and follow the instructions.

Culture and Decorum Notes

  • Following our new guidelines, we would like to remind everyone that Parinirvana Day events are public, and therefore our guideline for language is to use the following titles:
    • The Sakyong, Kongma Sakyong, Rinpoche, or Jampal Trinley Dradul
    • The Druk Sakyong, Trungpa Rinpoche or Dorje Dradul
    • The Druk Sakyong Wangmo or Lady Diana Mukpo
  • The Office of Culture and Decorum also suggests that if you are holding any practice sessions on the actual Parinirvana Day (April 4th), please take the time to say a few words and dedicate that practice session to honor the Druk Sakyong, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

 

Milarepa Day - Saturday, March 15, 2014

Milarepa Day celebrates the enlightenment and life example of Milarepa. The celebration involves a full day of practice, which includes chanting the Milarepa sadhana and reading the songs of the lineage teachers in The Rain of Wisdom (Tib: Kagyü Gurtso).

Click here for the complete Milarepa Day instructions.

 

Shambhala Day Year of the Wood Horse - Sunday, March 2, 2014

The three elements that we particularly recommend including as part of your celebrations are: a formal practice session, the Sakyong’s Address, and a celebratory social event. Your centre may also wish to include other elements in your Shambhala Day celebrations.  Please feel free to be creative, and offer celebrations that will be enjoyable and meaningful for your local community. Note, not all events need to occur on March 2nd! You can have events throughout the week of Shambhala New Year. 

For Shambhala Day information that applies in general, click here. The rest of the information below is specific to the upcoming Shambhala Day, on March 2, 2014.
 
Shambhala Day Broadcast and Address
The Shambhala Day Broadcast, including the Sakyong’s Address, will be available to stream live OR as a recording.  Since people prefer having both options, we will continue to offer both choices.  The Sakyong’s Address will take place live from Boulder, Colorado on Sunday, March 2nd, at 11am Mountain time (2pm Atlantic).

We plan to have some online hosting and captions that will help to explain what is occurring for those who are watching the broadcast.
To register your group or centre for the online broadcast, click here: http://www.shambhalaonline.org/details_program.php?id=165466
Note that you must register in advance in order to participate live as well as to get access to the recording.

  • The Link. After you register, you'll see the event in the My Programs page of our website. (Login with the same Shambhala account username and password used at registration.) This is where you'll find the link to test, and for the live event (same for both), as well as the recording link shortly after the live program. The site links will be available by February 22. 
  • Testing. We offer two testing opportunities so that you can make sure your equipment will work well on Shambhala Day. You'll be glad you tested, and your attendees will be happy that things run smoothly! It should only take a few minutes. We recommend testing with the computer and browser to be used for Shambhala Day, in the room where Shambhala Day will be held. Have a conflicting event during the testing windows? No problem -- just have your tech person use headphones while opening the test window. If you see a live video feed and hear voices or music, you are good to go. If not, text chat with one of our tech supporters to work it out.
    Testing Windows:
    Sunday, February 23, 11am AST (GMT-4:00)
    Sunday, February 23,  2pm AST (GMT-4:00)
    Choose the testing window that works best for you. You can test at both, but it isn't necessary.
  • On Shambhala Day: Check in and live streaming will begin at 12:30pm Atlantic / GMT -4:00
    To verify the testing and broadcast times in your time zone, go to http://www.worldtimebuddy.com/

For questions about registration before or during the broadcast, contact Barbara at info@shambhalaonline.org.
For technical questions prior to the broadcast, contact Greg at shambhalawebmaster@gmail.com.
 
The Year in Review film
The Year in Review film is now available! The film is 23 minutes long, and you can access it two ways:

1) Click here to download it to your computer. Downloading the clip will allow you to watch it later without being connected to the internet. It is also a higher resolution, so centres who plan to project the film on a larger screen should use this version for highest quality. You will need Quicktime or VLC to view it.

Depending on your browser and settings, the file may begin to download automatically, or you may see the movie begin to play. Click the button in the upper right-hand corner that says "Download". It will download to your downloads folder or whatever you have set as a default. This is a large file so be patient.

How to use captions/translations offline:
1.  First download and install the free VLC media player.
2. Put the video and subtitle files in the same folder (there can be other files in the folder.)
3. Both files should have the same name except for the extension; for example: talk.mov and talk.srt .
4. Open the video file with VLC

The translated captions will be posted here: http://goo.gl/qoPKxw. Our fantastic community translators are still working on these, so please check that site over the next week to see whether the captions have been translated in the language you wish to display.

If you need more information about this, please read this detailed document.
And if you think you don't need to use captions because your community is primarily English-speaking, it may be helpful to read this Shambhala Times article from our Executive Director/Audiologist: Why are people mumbling?
 
2) Click here to stream it from YouTube
NOTE: You must be connected to the internet in order to stream from YouTube.
How to view captions/translations on YouTube:
Click the "CC" icon on the bottom right of the video play to see which captions are available, and select the language you wish to display while streaming.
 
3) The transcript of the Year in Review is available in English - it is posted at http://goo.gl/qoPKxw. If other languages become available, they will also be posted on that page. 
 

Enriching the Tradition of Lhasang
At the Sakyong’s request, we are encouraging the enrichment of the lhasang tradition in our community, beginning with Shambhala Day this year.  All centres are very much encouraged to include a short indoor or outdoor lhasang ceremony in their Shambhala Day celebrations.  In order to further invoke drala energy into our centres, a set of 5 colourful lhasang flags is being offered for every centre to purchase and use.

To learn more about lhasang ceremonies click here.  (This is a PDF - if you don't see anything when you click, please check your downloads folder as it may download automatically depending on your computer settings.)

To order the set of lhasang flags for your centre from Shambhala Media, click here. And note that Shambhala Media is offering free shipping if you order before January 15th!
 
Participating in the Roll Call
Last year we tested a new way of doing the traditional centre and group roll call, and the feedback from our recent survey indicated that this method successfully diminished technical problems and allowed participation from many different time zones.  Therefore, we are once again inviting you to participate in this pre-recorded roll call by sending a short video(maximum 4 seconds – you can even do this from a smartphone!) or still photo from your centre or group.  We especially encourage you to send a video or photo from your centre showing a glimpse of your community, your centre or elements of your local culture.

Send your videos or photos to aweinstein.shambhala@gmail.com by February 14 at the latest. We look forward to seeing your creations!
 
Shambhala Sadhana Practice or Feast
By special permission of the Sakyong, this practice is open to everyone for this occasion. You are welcome to offer a Shambhala Sadhana practice during the week of Shambhala Day, with or without the feast section, for your whole community. It would be best to have an acharya or shastri (or most senior practitioner) to represent the lineage and a senior practitioner who knows how to lead the sadhana as umdze.
Other formal practices you may wish to offer as part of your celebrations could include:
- the Birthday Sadhana, Elixir of Life for all members
- a Werma Sadhana Practice or Feast for those who practice this sadhana
 
Social Events
You may wish to hold a reception, dance, dinner at a restaurant, pot luck, family party or other social event as part of this special week of celebrations.
 
Practice Calendars
Shambhala Media is once again offering the well-loved pocket-sized booklet with Shambhala holidays, liturgical calendar dates, and International Program Dates. Click here for more information. And order before January 10 to receive the special discounted price!
 
Member Pins
Many centres and group celebrate their new members on Shambhala Day and offer new members their membership pin on that day. Click here to order pins from Shambhala Media.
 
Whatever shape your Shambhala New Year celebrations take, we hope that it is filled with inspiration, joy and community.

 

Celebration of the Sakyong's Birthday - November 15, 2013

Celebrations of the birth of the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche take place yearly on 15 November, or on a day convenient for local Shambhala Centres. As we did last year, personal or group birthday wishes may be sent to the Sakyong, who is in Boulder, by post through the Sakyong Ladrang:

The Sakyong Ladrang
Historic Highland Building
885 Arapahoe Ave.
Boulder, Colorado 80302
U.S.A.

Centres may mark this occasion by practicing, chanting the supplication for the longevity of the Sakyong, playing tapes of his teachings, reading his poetry, and celebrating with food, poetry, and toasts.

An Uncommon King
A film about the life of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

Shambhala Centers and Groups are heartily invited and encouraged to order a DVD of An Uncommon King through Shambhala Media.

This is is a special DVD, with Public Performance Rights, perfect for events such as the Sakyong's birthday celebrations coming up, and good to have on hand in general in your Group or Center library!    

This beautiful documentary, directed by Johanna J. Lunn, tells the life story of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche as he attempts to overcome language, cultural and personal obstacles to take over from his wild pioneering father, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.  

An Uncommon King has broad appeal:  it is for Shambhala members, friends and the world at large.  Above all, it is a story about human goodness.  Enjoy!
Watch the trailer here.
Order your Center or Group copy here.

 

Harvest of Peace 2013

Sunday, September 22 is the actual equinox day, but centres and groups have the option of celebrating on either day since the Sakyong's address will be pre-recorded - you can choose the day that works best for your centre.

As most of you know, the Harvest of Peace Nyida Day is usually focused on local community, and marking the changing of seasons as a sangha.

With the Sakyong's recent emphasis on Food, Conversation and Meditation as the key activities that we experience together, you may want to include each of these elements in your celebration. Of course, your celebrations could manifest in many different ways depending on the interests and inspirations of your local community. Your Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum Representative can find ideas on our shared online workspace, Huddle, where we have a discussion thread about Harvest of Peace.

The key components could be:
* Gathering to hear the Sakyong's Address. This 9-minute video address is now available in two formats:
• To stream the recording (as a YouTube video), click here:http://youtu.be/3T9_APmny60
Note that you must be connected to the internet in order to watch.
• To download the high-definition version of the recording, which can then be watched offline, click here: http://www.mediafire.com/?hbp1mt71ly1bzxb (you will need Quicktime or VLC to view this)

* Offering a Shambhala Sadhana practice or feast. The Sakyong has decided to continue the tradition started last year of making Shambhala Sadhana practice open to everyone on this special holiday. Copies of the Shambhala Sadhana distributed for this practice should be handed in and kept by the centres.

* Updating your community on local projects and progress; doing local fundraising

* Enjoying food and social time (conversation!) together

It would be wonderful to create your schedule so that there is at least part of the celebration that can be workable for and open to families with children. (Perhaps having a reception or social meal with families before or after the sadhana.) You can also get creative and have a seasonal bulb-planting gathering, pie-baking contest, nature walk, harvest banquet, or let the children decorate the centre with seasonal art projects!

 

Sakyong Online Addresses to the Leadership of the Three Pillars - Spring 2013

The Sakyong gave three online addresses in the spring of 2013, to the leadership of each of the Three Pillars. If you preregistered for these addresses, they should be available through your Shambhala Online My Programs page. If you did not yet register, you can do so at the following links to register and view each recording:

Parinirvana Day - April 4, 2013

The parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche is commemorated on April 4 (though many centres choose to hold their events on the closest weekend). It is a day for the Shambhala sangha to gather together to celebrate the life and teachings of the Vidyadhara.

In general, the intention is for the sangha to do practices we have received from the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. In particular, students practice The Sadhana of Mahamudra, with the option of including the feast section for this special occasion. For this occasion, the feast may be open to the entire community, although it must be led by a vajrayana student.

Trungpa Rinpoche received this sadhana while he was on retreat in Bhutan in 1968 and it has been practiced by Shambhala students since he introduced it soon after his arrival in North America.

This year, there are several additional elements that you may choose to incorporate to celebrate the life and teachings of the Vidyadhara:


The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma

The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma, based on the teachings from the Vajradhatu Seminaries, has recently been published. It has taken more than thirty years to complete. With a preface by the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche, and forewords by Lady Diana Mukpo, HH the 17th Karmapa, HE Thrangu Rinpoche, HE Sechen Rapjam Rinpoche, and Ven. Tulku Thundop Rinpoche, The Profound Treasury is acknowledged as a major work on the practitioners’ journey on the Buddhist path. These teachings are an essential part of our Shambhala heritage, and the publication of these works is thus an opportunity to share our legacy with a larger world.

Similar to what we do for Milarepa Day, this year we’re encouraging people to set aside a day to gather together and read aloud selections from The Profound Treasury. Between April 4th and June 21st, the entire three volumes will be “resounded” by centers and individuals, if we all join together to make this happen. Read this description, and visit http://www.profoundtreasury.com to sign up and learn more. An excerpt is also available for centres that would like to translate a section to use (it is already available in French), or for individuals unable to attend a reading at a centre.

Your center can purchase a set of the books at a 30% discount either through Shambhala Media, or from Shambhala Publications, with free shipping in the United States.

NEW - Click here to download a letter from the Druk Sakyong Wangmo thanking Judy Lief and Carolyn Gimian for their work on bringing The Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma to fruition, and the importance of this work. This letter may be read as part of your centre's read-a-thon or Parinirvana Day events, if you wish.

E-Books of the Seminary Transcripts Also Forthcoming This Year
Later this year, the original Seminary Transcripts, which are the basis for The Profound Treasury, will be published as eBooks by Shambhala Media. This will be the first time this material has been available electronically, and represents many years of work to verify and correct the editing of the original transcripts and insert missing material. The Tibetan notecards created by Trungpa Rinpoche will be included, with translation. While equally important as the newly published books, the transcripts are quite distinct from The Profound Treasury, which is topically organized and much more formal in style. The transcripts remain the most juicy and direct rendering of the Vidyadhara’s words, with all the question and answer periods intact. The e-books will be fully searchable, something that has never been possible before. Stay tuned for more information in the near future from Shambhala Media.

Video Teachings from the Shambhala Archives
As in previous years, the Shambhala Archives has prepared a video of select teachings by the Vidyadhara. This video is now available for you in two formats:

Parinirvana Day is also traditionally the time when the Shambhala Archives raises funds to support its ongoing work. If you feel inspired to bring this to your community, information about current projects and a form for donating online can be found at http://www.archives.shambhala.org/digitizing-dharma.html.


Video of the preparations for the 50th anniversary of the Vidyadhara's arrival in London
This September will mark the 50th anniversary of the Vidyadhara's arrival in the West. The London Shambhala community, along with a number of key partners, is preparing a special celebration of this historic anniversary to take place this fall. In honour of Parinirvana Day, the planning team is preparing a short video of what is in store for that celebration, to share with the whole community! This will also be available for download or streaming, and posted here as soon as possible.

Special Exhibit from the Konchok Foundation: "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet"
This special exhibit was first made available for last year's 25th anniversary of the parinirvana, and once again offered for this year's events. It focuses on new information about the life of the Vidyadhara in Tibet which has only come to our attention in the past decade.

This five-panel exhibit of text and colour photographs is made digitally available to all centers and groups, without cost, to be downloaded, printed, and mounted in their centers. These can be printed as small as 11”x17” (which can be printed on most normal printers), and as large as 20”x36”. You can choose how you would like to print them and mount them, in the way that works best locally. The information and files are the same as for the 25th anniversary - click here.


Culture and Decorum Notes

  • Following our new guidelines, we would like to remind everyone that Parninirvana Day events are public, and therefore our guideline for language is to use the following titles:
    • The Sakyong, Kongma Sakyong, Rinpoche, or Jampal Trinley Dradul
    • The Druk Sakyong, Trungpa Rinpoche or Dorje Dradul
    • The Druk Sakyong Wangmo or Lady Diana Mukpo
  • The Office of Culture and Decorum also suggests that if you are holding any practice sessions on the actual Parinirvana Day (April 4th), please take the time to say a few words and dedicate that practice session to honor the Druk Sakyong, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.

 

Spring Nyida Day Celebration of Family and Society

We apologize for the delay in having information to send, but we also are delighted that this event can now also incorporate a celebration of the birth of Jetsun Yudra!

Address by the Sakyong
Because of the recent birth, the address on March 30 is a pre-recorded video message, not a live address. The Sakyong's recording in honour of the Spring Nyida Day Celebration of Family and Society is now available for streaming and download. The recording is 11 minutes long.

The Sakyong has asked that this recording be made available ONLY to centres and groups (and not published more widely through the Shambhala Times right away), to encourage communities to join together for this celebration and nyida day.

Thank you for your patience - as you can imagine, the birth of Jetsun Yudra affected the timing of the presentation of this address. But we are very delighted that she can now be included in the celebration! A picture of Jetsun Yudra and her parents that you are welcome to use in your celebration is posted here on the Shambhala Times.

We suggest that this day be a day for your community to gather socially to celebrate the birth of Jetsun Yudra and enjoy each others' company. You can incorporate the recorded message from the Sakyong into that event.


This is intended to be an occasion for the entire community, so please make it clear that children and families are very welcome to attend and participate.


Materials - If you would like to offer the event described below, the following materials should be gathered in advance:

  • charcoal and juniper for lhasang
  • drinks and glasses
  • photo of the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo (available through Shambhala Media) with the baby placed on a table in front of or next to the shrine.
  • copies of the chants below

    Practice
    Gather for a short session of meditation -- perhaps 5-10 minutes -- then recite the Shambhala Lineage Supplication and the Homage.

    Begin with a lhasang, using the chant the Invocation for Raising Windhorse. (Insert the line "I offer this cleansing offering" instead of "I supplicate you" before "with kindness, please grant your blessings" to make this a lhasang chant). Everyone can come forward or to the centre of the room to circumambulate or pass through the lhasang as you chant the Warriors' Cry: Ki Ki So So Ashe Lha Gyel Lo Tak Seng Khyung Druk Di Yar Kye!

    Offering and Aspiration

    It would be appropriate to repeat the Shambhala Lineage Supplication as families, children and sangha members come forward to offer khatas or flowers on the table with the photo, or photos, of the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo. This can be followed by sharing food and drinks with one another and creating a welcoming and delightful atmosphere for everyone.

    Toasts
    During your festivities, please offer a joint toast to the Sakyong, Sakyong Wangmo, Jetsun Drukmo their newest child and to our entire Mukpo clan.

    It would be nice to offer something festive to drink. You might want to invite particular person to offer this toast in advance so that they will be prepared and be sure to attend.

    Songs
    You could conclude your gathering with a song offering from a sangha member, or everyone could join in a Shambhala song. Finally, sing the Shambhala Anthem and offer the Warriors' Cry together: Ki Ki So So Ashe Lha Gyel Lo Tak Seng Khyung Druk Di Yar Kye!

    Sample Invitation - You are welcome to use the text below as a template for your event invitation.

    All members of the Shambhala Community,
    Families, Children and Friends,
    are warmly invited to attend a

    Community Gathering
    in honour of the most recent child of the
    Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo
    (date and time)
    at
    (location)
    The celebration will include a lhasang, offerings,
    toasts and songs. Please feel free to bring
    a flower or khata to offer.

Sending congratulatory messages to the family
If you wish to send a congratulatory message or offer a gift to the family, you are welcome to visit the link to the baby registry that was previously announced: http://www.myregistry.com/visitors/GiftList.aspx?param=1&sid=c30f7e3c-95e1-4ef4-97e6-d488b897525f or by visiting www.MyRegistry.com and searching under "Mukpo Family".

Please include your full name and city so that the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo know of every visitor to the registry site. They are so appreciative of kind thoughts for their family at this time.

 

Shambhala Day, Year of the Water Snake

Please note on your calendars that Shambhala Day Year of the Water Snake falls on Monday, 11 February 2013.

The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche will give his Shambhala Day address live from Halifax at 2pm Atlantic Standard Time on that date.

Core Elements

In consultation with the Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo, Wendy Friedman, Director of the Shambhala Office of Culture and Decorum, offers the following guidance for our upcoming Shambhala Day celebrations:

This is a wonderful to spend time together as we make a fresh start for the new year.  The Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo have been placing much emphasis on the importance of gathering as a society, to enjoy each other's company, and to share our warrior cultural traditions of hosting, dining together and celebrating in an uplifted manner.  

The three core elements of Shambhala Day are:

  1. Practice - Traditionally includes Werma Sadhana or Sadhana of Mahamudra. Some centres may choose to practice the Elixir of Life Sadhana with their communities, or simply sit together.
  2. Social - It is wonderful to spend time together as we make a fresh start for the new year.  The Sakyong and Sakyong Wangmo have been placing much emphasis on the importance of gathering as a society, to enjoy each other's company, and to share our warrior cultural traditions of hosting, dining together and celebrating in an uplifted manner.  Some centres offer an early morning toast with sunrise practice, while others have dinner together, and others will host a family dance party on the following weekend!

    The Sakyong recently said "We should spend social time with our fellow Shambhalians to share in the "morning quality" that Shambhala Day brings, the opportunity for a fresh start is very powerful.  Each community has its' own flavour, but people should think about celebrations in a way that is exciting for them.  The common factor is our lineage, our clan and our shared values."
  3. The Sakyong's Address - Listening together as an international sangha to the Sakyong's address about the tone for the coming year is a long-standing Shambhala tradition, whether your community is able to participate live or you watch the recording of the online broadcast at a more convenient time.  

It is not necessary for all of these events to occur on one day.  In fact, the Sakyong has said that we can also call the time around Shambhala Day our "Shambhala New Year" since we share in different activities related to the new year over the course of many days.

Since Shambhala Day happens to fall on a Monday this year, we can encourage everyone to take a 3-day weekend if possible to really experience the flavours of our traditions.

Saturday, February 9 - a very important day to practice, as it is said to be the peak of the don or "obstacles" season.  Join in the recitation of Mamo Chants if you can, or participate in other group practice.

Sunday, February 10 - the day before Shambhala Day is said to be a "neutral day."  It is traditional to thoroughly clean our home shrines on this day, and to make special or "best" offerings for the new year.  This is also a great time to focus on our Shambhala Households, to tidy up, to prepare our space for a fresh start,  and to make ready for hosting friends.

Monday, February 11 - Shambhala Day is the day that we all come together to practice and hear the Sakyong's address to the international sangha.  Some centres may be hosting social events on this day, and some may hold their social gatherings at another time - but either way - please enjoy the company of your warrior brothers and sisters to toast and enjoy the new year together!

Online broadcast: Register your centre or group for the online broadcast (whether you plan to watch it live or later as a recording): http://www.shambhalaonline.org/details_program.php?id=111285

For those centres and groups that are not able to attend live, a streaming recording will be available soon after the end of the live broadcast, and a downloadable .mp4 recording will be available the following day.

Since receiving your helpful feedback from last year's event, the Shambhala Online team has been actively researching ways to make improvements, and has decided to use an alternative server for Shambhala Day. Livestream is one of the most highly regarded streaming web services available. A significant feature over our current service, Adobe, is its "variable bit rate" option. What this means is that you will be able to adjust the speed of the streaming at your location to suit your particular internet connection. This alone should provide a more stable and better quality experience for everyone.

We are offering two opportunities before Shambhala Day for you to test your equipment and setup using this new server. These will be mandala-wide "rehearsals". Please try to attend one of them if possible:

Friday, February 1 at 8 pm Atlantic
Sunday, February 10 at 1 pm Atlantic

You can join the rehearsals by registering your centre or group for the Shambhala Day broadcast.

Roll Call

The roll call has always been a traditional part of the Shambhala Day broadcast – a wonderful chance for us to see and hear each other across time and space. We want to experiment with a new way to do the roll call, for two reasons: 1) because many centres experienced technical difficulties last year, largely due to people turning on and off cameras and microphones for the roll call portion, and 2) because Shambhala Day falls on a Monday and we know that many centres plan to view the recording later in the day or week.

This year, we are asking centres and groups to submit, in advance, a VERY SHORT (2-4 seconds long) video clip of their centre or group, from which we will make a pre-recorded film that will be shown at the beginning of the live broadcast. The clip can be anything you want – open house visitors waving at the camera, your governing council holding up a sign, your centre director shouting “Ki ki so so!” or anything else you would like to send to represent your centre or group. It can be as easy as taking the video clip on an iPhone and emailing the file directly to aweinstein.shambhala@gmail.com . And if video is too overwhelming, it can even be a simple photograph. This is an experiment, and we hope it can be fun and simple for everyone!

Please send your clip or photo to Anna (aweinstein.shambhala@gmail.com) by February 1st at the absolute latest. If we do not receive your clip by that date, we will not be able to include your centre or group in the roll call!

Practice Calendars: Order from Shambhala Media. Their early-bird discount has ended so regular prices apply - $6.25 per calendar.

Year in Review film: Now available! The film is 28 minutes long, and you can access it two ways:

1) Click here to download an English version to your computer. Downloading the clip will allow you to watch it later without being connected to the internet. It is also a higher resolution, so centres who plan to project the film on a larger screen should use this version for highest quality. You will need Quicktime or VLC to view it.

Once you click on the link, you will see the movie begin to play. Click the button in the upper right-hand corner that says "Download". It will download to your downloads folder or whatever you have set as a default. This is a large file so be patient.

2) Click here to stream it from YouTube. The streamed video is also in English but will have captios in multiple languages, as well as English for speakers of other languages or the deaf/hearing-impaired. (Not all of these languages are available yet, but they and possibly some others should be by Shambhala Day.) in order to see the available translated subtitles, click on the captions icon, circled in the image below:

NOTE: You must be connected to the internet in order to stream from YouTube.

The transcript of the Year in Review is also available in English and Spanish.

International Fundraising: This year, many centres have opted to print the pledge cards for the international fundraising portion of the broadcast locally. Download the PDF of the pledge cards here. If you need to request printed cards to be mailed to your centre, let us know by February 1st at the latest.

EUROPE ONLY: Click here to access the document: http://goo.gl/NlVSO

Fundraising guidelines for Europe: http://goo.gl/olZKS

Headlines of those two European documents:

1. Shambhala Day fundraising — general instructions
2. Shambhala Day fundraising — how to collect the donations
3. Shambhala Day Postcards arriving by mail
4. Shambhala Day Broadcast rehearsals

If you have further questions please write to: centreservices@shambhala-europe.org (Europe only!)

 

Children's Day/Winter Solstice (December 21, 2012)

The December Nyida Day is called "Children's Day", but this solstice celebration is for the entire society. We are particularly appreciating and enjoying the children in our communities, but we are also acknowledging the changing of seasons and the rhythm of our year.

It is a winter community celebration. A feeling of family, village mentality, a tribe coming together across the generations. This day is a chance to strengthen our community so that it can arise strong for the new year and spring. This sort of winter solstice used to happen in all cultures, but at some point it got mixed with various religious themes. We can return it to its pure and simple roots.

~Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, December 2012

In order to help your centre begin with planning a celebration of this holiday, we would like to share some traditional elements of this December solstice celebration. You may want to have a Children's Day celebration to which the whole community is invited, or you may want to have a Children's Day ceremony which then moves into a larger party or celebration for everyone.

Some core elements to consider are:

Celebration - It is so important that we sometimes gather as a community JUST TO ENJOY each other's company and our rich Shambhala traditions. Please extend a special invitation to your entire community to gather for pot luck dinners, a reception, games or performances, or whatever inspires you.

Light - It nourishes us during the dark season. Introducing holiday lights into your centre's decor for the event or even for the whole month can be delightful. Many centres also include candlelight as part of their Children's Day ceremony or as decor for their social. In the southern hemisphere, where the weather is warmer, you may want to include sparklers, a bonfire or fireworks!

Sharing music - Children's Day is a wonderful time for community singalongs, a children's choir performance or musical offerings.

King and Queen - It is traditional to invite 2 community members to serve as King and Queen for the Children's Day events. Serving as the King and Queen can be very playful, and can include handing out candy, leading games or telling a story.

Generosity - Children's Day is a great time to talk with children about the idea of generosity. Many centres suggest that children can make a donation of a toy for children in need on this day, or that children can take part in setting up or decorating for the events. Generosity is a theme that all of us can reflect upon at this time of year, and could include volunteering for local charities.

UPDATE: A short audio greeting from the Sakyong Wangmo is now available! This message can be played during your celebrations and gatherings over the next few days - it would probably be best to share this message in the middle of your celebration, after everyone has settled in.

Click here to listen to the mp3 file, or right-click and choose "save link as" to save the mp3 file on your own computer.

 

Harvest of Peace (September 2012)

Harvest of Peace will be celebrated on Saturday, September 22nd, 2012 or whenever is workable for your centre or group!

The main suggested components for the 2012 Harvest of Peace are:

Listening to the Sakyong's recorded address
NEW A pre-recorded audio address by the Sakyong to the the international community is now available for download - click here for the complete access information.

You are free to play the recording at any point during your local celebration that works best. The address is 35 minutes long.

NEW The Sakyong's additional remarks (3.5 minutes) should be played immediately after the main address. It is the Sakyong's wish that people hear the contents of this message directly from him, through this post-address recording. Therefore, please DO NOT LISTEN to the post-address recording in advance of your Harvest of Peace event, and DO NOT SHARE the content of his remarks after you do listen to it. Also, please make sure to listen to the full recording - at the end, President Reoch gives a very clear description about how this post-address message will be communicated to the whole community, including those community members who were unable to hear the recordings at a local Harvest of Peace gathering. Click here to download!

Updating your community on local projects and progress; doing local fundraising
This part is completely up to you! This could be a report, a play, a meeting, an auction, a group discussion or whatever you feel is most appropriate for your centre. You can find resources for Shambhala Centre fund-raising campaigns <http://www.shambhala.org/giving/dgresources.php> and teachings on generosity on the Dana Group site:
http://www.shambhala.org/giving/danagroup.php

President Reoch also filmed and edited a little 5-minute video that centres and groups can use, if they wish, to support their local Harvest of Peace fund-raising! It stresses the importance of everyone supporting their local Shambhala community on this special day.

Here is the link to the video: http://youtu.be/sriiLpvCb3M. NEW Click and hold the "CC" button to see the list of available captions, in at least 9 languages!

Enjoying food together, which could be in conjunction with...
Salons in member's homes

These two suggested components could be enjoyed together, or separately. Since we are celebrating generosity and abundance, it's a lovely gesture to offer some sort of reception or hospitality to members and guests. You could have refreshments at your centre, a baking contest, a themed dinner or a lunch together at a restaurant... whatever you'd like to do!

The Sakyong has been talking a lot about the importance of gathering together in sangha households more often, as this creates a different dynamic of how we can be together, and also is an opportunity to host and open our homes to each other. Therefore we are suggesting that you try to gather in member's homes for the Harvest of Peace salons. These salons are meant to be lively social gatherings with a particular topic for discussion, but the conversations can occur in spontaneous groups of two or three people, with everyone moving about and chatting with different people - then perhaps sharing what you talked about. This is not a discussion group, but more of a party with a topic! We can eat, drink and laugh together while discussing, debating or pondering a particular idea.

NEW The topic for this salon is from the Treatise on Enlightened Society:
"The Shambhala approach takes wakefulness, vision, and confidence in humanity, and at the same time, a willingness to fearlessly face the confusion and suffering. It takes training in virtuous action and the skill to manifest kindness in our homes, politics, and concrete life. It takes deep appreciation for the sensitive hearts and senses of human beings, and the magic of life on this earth. In this way, in an enlightened society, all of its citizens become earth protectors, since where we are now, the very earth that we are standing on, is in fact our enlightened society."
The salons can be open to anyone - so you could bring friends, neighbours or family members who might be interesting in discussing the possibilities of enlightened society.

Perhaps several members might host salons at different times, and people can choose to participate in one that is most convenient for them. You could have several salons all on the evening of Harvest of Peace, or over the next several days – it would be best to schedule the salons sometime after listening to the Sakyong’s address, however, in case his remarks are related to the subject of the salon.

sa lon
[s uh-lon; Fr. sa-lawn]
An assembly of guests gathered in a home for lively social discussion, friendly debate and intelligent conversation.

Treatise on Enlightened Society

We have collected all information about the Treatise and the cascading lung process, including the letter from Kalapa Acharya Lobel, in this document - please click here to download the PDF.

 

Commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche


Shambhala News Service Announcement with the complete list of special films, materials, and other publications in honour of the 25th anniversary of the parinirvana. From March 21, 2012.


Special Films Available for this Occasion:

  • As a very special feature of the Parinirvana events, the Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche and Lady Diana Mukpo were filmed at the Kalapa Court in Halifax in conversation about his life and teachings. This film is now available to all centres and groups who wish to show it as part of any April 4th events you might be holding locally. The film will also be made available to all members after April 4th. This film is 37 minutes long.
  • The Archives has prepared a film of a talk by the Vidyadhara. This teaching from his 1975 seminar on The Sadhana of Mahamudra presents the principle of the teacher, in the teacher's own words. It reminds us of the brilliance and profundity that are the foundation of the Shambhala lineage. This film is 47 minutes long.
  • The Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project — together with the Halifax Shambhala Centre and the Shambhala Archives — created an exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, entitled Great Eastern Sun: The Shambhala Community in Nova Scotia. In this special film from Shambhala Media, Carolyn Gimian expertly takes viewers through the artefacts, photos, calligraphies and more. This film is 19 minutes long.

Culture and Decorum Notes

  • As you may have read in the report on feedback from the Shambhala Lineage Festival, the Kalapa Executive has pledged to be clearer about the monarchy-related language that is appropriate for each mandala-wide occasion. Following the guidelines approved by the Sakyong, we would like to remind everyone involved in the events that the 25th Anniversary events and video are public, and therefore our guideline for language is to use the following titles:
    • The Sakyong, Kongma Sakyong, Rinpoche, or Jampal Trinley Dradul
    • The Druk Sakyong, Trungpa Rinpoche or Dorje Dradul
    • The Druk Sakyong Wangmo or Lady Diana Mukpo
  • The Office of Culture and Decorum also suggests that if you are holding any practice sessions on the actual Parinirvana Day (April 4th), please take the time to say a few words and dedicate that practice session to honor the Druk Sakyong, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche.



Special Exhibit from the Konchok Foundation: "Celebrating the Life and Legacy of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet"

This special exhibit focuses on new information about the life of the Vidyadhara in Tibet which has only come to our attention in the past decade.

This five-panel exhibit of text and colour photographs is made digitally available to all centers and groups, without cost, to be downloaded, printed, and mounted in their centers. These can be printed as small as 11”x17” (which can be printed on most normal printers), and as large as 20”x36”. You can choose how you would like to print them and mount them, in the way that works best locally. Konchok Foundation board members may be available in your area to help raise production funds.

Special events happening in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Shambhala News Service Announcement about Sadhana of Mahamudra Abhisheka at the Halifax Shambhala Centre on April 1, 2012.

    • Click here to register to attend the abhisheka in Halifax.
    • Download this poster to advertise the abhisheka to your community. You can print copies to hand out at classes or Open House evenings. The important thing is to let people know about this and ask them to register as soon as possible if they are planning to attend.

Other materials related to Nova Scotia events:

Shambhala Sadhana Retreat

Letter from Andrea Doukas, January 19, 2012 - This letter offers additional information from Acharya Lobel and the Office of Practice and Education about the retreat, including who may participate, a suggested schedule, and how the vows may be offered for those who missed them in September.

Letter to North American centres and groups from Andrea Doukas, February 8, 2012 - This letter contains information about ordering the Shambhala Sadhana text from Shambhala Media, pricing and honorarium information, and the link for the Shambhala Online talk by the Sakyong.
***PLEASE NOTE: Some of the information in the letter above is specific to North America. A European version from Sabine Rolf is posted below.


Letter to European centres and groups from Sabine Rolf, February 16, 2012 - This letter contains information about ordering the English Shambhala Sadhana text from Shambhala Media, ordering translated texts, pricing and honorarium information, and the link for the Shambhala Online talk by the Sakyong.


Letter from Jill Scott, February 23, 2012 - This letter announces the vows website (linked below) and clarifies who may purchase the Shambhala Sadhana for personal use as a daily practice at home.


Letter from Andrea Doukas, March 15, 2012 - This letter contains information about the honorarium for the Sakyong, the chants for the Sun transmission (available below), feast set-up information, and further clarification about who may attend the programme. It also reminds everyone that North America just changed to Daylight Savings Times - please make sure to double-check on your local time for the broadcast!


More information about the vows (the Shambhala Vow and the Enlightened Society Vow) can be found on this new page, created by the Office of Practice and Education. This is a public page, with no password required.

Specific information for this event:

Shambhala Day, Year of the Water Dragon

You can find all recordings, links, and other information in this Shambhala News Service announcement (March 2, 2012).