Upcoming Special Events
for Shambhala Centre leadership
This page will be updated frequently. Please check back regularly.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For technical questions prior to the broadcast, contact Greg at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
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!
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.
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.
Parinirvana Day - Friday, 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
We anticipate that as in previous years, the Shambhala Archives will be preparing a video of select teachings by the Vidyadhara. We will make that available on this page as soon as possible.
Parinirvana Day is also traditionally the time when the Shambhala Archives raises funds to support its ongoing work. Please check back on this page if you feel inspired to bring this to your community, as we will post information about current projects and a form for donating online in advance of April 4.
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.
Harvest of Peace - Saturday, September 20, 2014
More information coming soon.