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Cheerful Shambhala Day!

Last week we celebrated Shambhala Day — a holiday based on Losar (Tibetan New Year/Lunar New Year). It’s a time to purify, make aspirations for the new year, and honor our cultural & spiritual tradition as a community. We welcomed the Year of the Fire Monkey with festivities that began with a 7:30am walk to the Stupa as the sun rose. There we performed a lhasang (offering of juniper), chants, and ate a delicious breakfast. We then watched the Sakyong’s Shambhala Day address, streamed live from Boulder & featuring messages from Shambhala Centers all over the world. That evening we dressed in our finest for a celebratory feast and waltz performance/dance party. May 2016 bring you all joy and courage!

Here are some photos from our experience:

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  1. Rex Presson says

    The Stupa looks beautiful in Winter! And great group photo! I see some people I recognize from our October visit.

  2. Anonymous says

    Homesick for Shambhala Mountain. The Stupa is in my heart

  3. Anonymous says

    My heart fills with joy seeing all of you at the Stupa and on this sacred land. My own journey began at SMC in 1975.
    Love to you all,
    Shastri Jackie Muse

  4. Sue Coffman says

    I just get chills when I see all those photos of the most wonderful place that I have ever experienced! Can’t believe it’s been 9 years since my transformative introduction to a beautiful place to be!

  5. Winnie Edgerton says

    Beautiful and full of love! Missing SMC and sending each one of you love and warmth! May this year of the Fire Monkey see the joy and magic of Shambhala revealed to all the world. See you in October! <3

  6. Brus and Jean Westby says

    Absolutely beautiful! Brings back such memories of our times at our favorite retreat center. All the best to all of you in this playful, magical year of the Fire Monkey! ?

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