Shambhala Day 2018 - Day 2 of Celebrations

February 17th (2018)

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  • £15 Suggested Donation
Room: Main meditation hall

This year we are celebrating Shambhala Day over the 16th and 17th of February, you can find details and a schedule of activities on the 16th here

Each year our community gathers to hear our teacher’s address, practice, raise money for Dechen Chöling (the European land centre in France) and to celebrate. Dancing optional. 

We also offer oaths to new leaders and shastris, our teachers with responsibility for developing London’s Shambhala path, teaching, and teachers.  This Shambhala Day we will mark Jane Hope’s standing down from the her role as Shastri; Jane has held the role of Shastri for many years. Roles in Shambhala have limited terms and so this office also ends.  Their contribution to the community has been invaluable.  Taking up the role of Shastri will be Tessa Watt and Merlin Cox who will take an oath of office. Other oaths of office will be offered to people who have stepped into new roles this year.



1.30pm – AGM – for members, by invitation

2:00pm – Sitting meditation – open to all

2.30pm – Townhall meeting – a meeting and discussion of concerns, hopes, ideas and feedback with the Council of the London Shambhala Meditation Centre

3.30pm – Tea and cake – any cakes, biscuits and other goodies are welcome to share during this social break

4.30pm – Elixir of life – a traditional guided practice for the start of the New Year

5.00pm – Internet address by His Majesty, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

5.30pm – Oaths of office: new appointments and retirement oaths from leadership and Shastris

6.30pm – Shambhala Sadhana with evening meal

8.30pm – Offerings of poetry, music, writing, recitals, dance and any other pithy contributions. Raising money for Dechen Chöling and in support of the Sakyong’s activities in Europe.

9pm – Dancing and music in the main hall

Later – Close


To help us plan for the meal and drinks, please register for Saturday evening.  A donation of £15 covers the cost of food and drink.  Contributions over that will be included in our fundraising efforts for Dechen Chöling and the Centre.

If you are able to offer a cake or treats for the tea, please bring it along on the day. 

Inspired offerings (ideally under five minutes) and cash to donate will also be welcome for the evening session.