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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.
This year Shambhala Day is on Thursday, March 3, 2022, and ushers in the year of the Water Tiger.
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Celebrating the Life of the Dorje Dradül
The Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa, Rinpoche is commemorated on April 4 each year. It is a day for the Shambhala sangha to gather together to celebrate the life and teachings of the Vidyadhara. Your center or group may also choose to gather during the weekend.
The intention is for the sangha to do practices we have received from the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, particularly, The Sadhana of Mahamudra, with the option of including the feast section. For this occasion, the feast may be open to the entire community, although it must be led by a vajrayana student.
Each year, the Shambhala Archives offers video teachings by the Vidyadhara specially for the occasion of Parinirvana Day.
As part of your Parinirvana celebrations, you can feel free to include two video offerings from the Vidyadhara’s “Tibetan Buddhist Path” Seminar which took place on June 21-22, 1974 at Naropa University. Please follow the links below to view the videos:
Additionally, please view the links below for more resources and access to past videos offered by the Shambhala Archives on Parinirvana Day.
- Listen: 2017 Audio Recording from Lady Diana Mukpo
- Download: Letter from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche on the 30th anniversary of the Parinirvana of the Vidyadhara.
- Centre Directors or community leaders are encouraged by the Sakyong to download the letter and practice reading aloud before the event so that they are prepared to read it in front of the community on behalf of the Sakyong during the celebration.
Support the Shambhala Archives
Parinirvana Day is also traditionally the time when the Shambhala Archives raises funds to support its ongoing work and exciting new projects. If you feel inspired to bring this to your community, or to make a donation on their behalf, please visit shambhalaarchives.org/donate.
Culture and Decorum Notes
We would like to remind everyone that Parinirvana Day events are public, and therefore we use the following titles:
- The Sakyong, Kongma Sakyong, Rinpoche, or Jampal Trinley Dradül
- The Druk Sakyong, Trungpa Rinpoche or Dorje Dradül
- The Druk Sakyong Wangmo or Lady Diana Mukpo
Further information regarding Sadhana of Mahamudra practice and feast, and suggested readings for the day, can be found in Section 7 of the Practice Manual, available here (Parinirvana Day information is on p. 15).