Shambhala Day 2018 - Year of the Earth Dog

February 16th

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  • £10 Suggested Donation
Room: London meditation hall

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 according to the Tibetan lunar calendar, and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar cycles.

It is a time for us to express the wealth and richness of our spiritual and cultural heritage through feasting, conviviality, and elegance. Shambhala is an ancient tradition that is rooted in the longing we all have to be completely authentic and to live in a society that cultivates our true expression as human beings.

As is customary, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche connects with the worldwide Shambhala community on Shambhala Day through an online address, which includes centres and groups from six continents and over thirty countries around the world.

This is also the time when members of the Shambhala community are encouraged to make a financial donation to Shambhala in order to help support the activities of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and our worldwide community.


You are invited to join the London Shambhala community in welcoming in the new Tibetan year – that of the Earth Dog.  Celebration and practice begins in a morning session of Friday 16th February and continues in the afternoon and evening of Saturday 17th February.

This coming year is the Year of the Earth Dog. In the animal zodiac, dog year individuals are the most humanitarian, are selfless givers, and strive for justice and equality. They are fiercely loyal, decent, and courageous and are also magnanimous and prosperous. With the added element of earth, the energy of the dog is efficient, careful, and vigilant.

This year the celebration will be divided in two sessions over two days. We hope this will allow the greatest number of people to join in.

Friday – to mark the first day of the New Year, we will open the Centre early with 108 gongs.  This will then be followed by a breakfast and practice for those able to stay. 

6.45am – arrival

7.00am – 108 gongs followed by celebration breakfast

8.30am – communal clean up

9.00am – practice: Sadhana of Mahamudra, led by Shastri Merlin Cox

Close and lunch together in Clapham’s bars and restaurants (self-organised)


The celebration breakfast will include wonderful food and Champagne just to help you be more productive if you happen to have to go to work, a donation of £10 will help to cover the cost of food and drink.  To help us plan for breakfast, please register and make your donation as part of your registration.


There is a whole other day of celebration on Saturday 17th of February, find out more here