Harvest of Peace

Director, Cody McGough talks to the community.

Director, Cody McGough talks to our community.

This past Saturday we held our annual Harvest of Peace Celebration at the SF Shambhala Center. Harvest of Peace is one of Shambhala’s “nyida” days which celebrate the four major events of the lunar calendar: Autumnal and Vernal Equinox, Winter and Summer Solstice.  “Nyida” means Sun and Moon, emphasizing the importance of connecting to the changes in the seasons.

In the morning we practiced the Shambhala Sadhana, led by Shastri Amy Conway.  “Sadhana” means “Method of Accomplishment”, and generally refers to a liturgical practice that is chanted aloud emphasizing a specific virtuous theme like wisdom, compassion, strength or all three. In the Shambhala Sadhana we contemplate the fundamental goodness and potential of ourselves, all beings and society itself.

After practice we enjoyed an abundant community breakfast, and  returned to the Shrine Room for an Address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. The Sakyong emphasized the need to connect as community through food, conversation and meditation. Through food, conversation and meditation we can provide genuine nourishment for one another. To see the full address you can go here.

After the address a number of leaders formally retired from their posts, dedicating hours, months and years of service to all beings. Then a whole new group of leaders took oaths of office, inviting the blessings of the lineage and community to support their service.

I then gave a short address as Center Director, sharing the center’s Six Major Objectives for 2014.

Mery Miguez, Charity Martin, Barry Solomon, and Peter Dobbin take exit oaths on Harvest of Peace.

Mery Miguez, Charity Martin, Barry Solomon, and Peter Dobbin take exit oaths on Harvest of Peace.

 

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Katrin Welch, Kevin Walsh and Alex Van Gils prepare to bow during oath ceremony.

 

Mery Miguez introduces the Sit-A-Thon.

Mery Miguez introduces the Sit-A-Thon.

 

 

 

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