Shambhala Day Celebration
Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important cultural traditions in Shambhala. The day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar cycle.
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. Everyone is warmly invited to celebrate Shambhala Day 2017- the Year of the Firebird.
We will start with sitting meditation around 9, and then will have a celebration of our members. We have grown to 30 members in the first year! Each member will receive a special Shambhala membership pin.
We will also throw the I Ching to tap into the ancient wisdom for guidance and we enter a new year.
We will end with a potluck so feel free to bring a favorite dish.
“The Bird is associated with dawn and awakening, so it is said that the Year of the Fire Bird values discipline and hard-work; never giving up and seeing each day as a fresh start.
There can sometimes be a tendency for impulsiveness in the quick flames of the Fire Bird Year, but generosity, courage and strong principles calm the impetuous nature of this time. The Fire Hen is social, and reminds us that the power of community is the support and encouragement that we can offer each other.”
We will be fundraising that day to buy more cushions and to build up our new home fund. Our sangha is delightfully expanding and we are looking for new space to accomodate our growth. If you would like to make a donation online you may do that here: https://www.paypal.me/NashvilleShambhala
Otherwise feel free to bring cash or check to our celebration. Your support is greatly appreciated!