Shambhala Day Videos and Address
If you were unable to join the community for our New Year’s Celebration, here is a link to the Shambhala Day videos — including Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s International Address.
Cheerful Year of the Firebird!
Below is a transcript of the talk:
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Shambhala Day Address
Boulder Shambhala Meditation Center, Colorado
27 February 2017
“The Kongma Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche: A very good morning, everyone. [Assembly: Good morning!] You look marvelous. [SMR laughs; laughter] Can you see me? I would like to welcome all of you who are joining us online. We are in the moment of now.
I would like to begin this very important Shambhala Day with all of us joining hearts around the world. Here and everywhere, let’s begin by offering a Shambhala bow. Let this bow be your first bow of the year, and if you have never bowed, may this be your first bow! [Laughter] As we do this, please raise your energy—fresh start. In particular, think about what is your aspiration, what is your wish, and what is your intent for this year. As we know from practicing meditation, the power of the mind is very strong. This is an excellent time, astrologically, and within the calendar year, to have a sense of who you are and how you would like to go forward. At the same time, as we gather internationally as a Shambhala community, we are sharing this moment and connecting with our own basic goodness. [All bow.]
A very cheerful Shambhala Day, everyone. I am delighted to be here with the Sakyong Wangmo and our family, to join all of you and your families in this New Year celebration. Already I feel a sense of tremendous warmth coming from everyone. It’s good to see the shrine room here so full, and people raising their energy and good cheer. This year and this Shambhala Day are particularly poignant, as we have made a transition into a very uncertain time in the world. Much change, much fear, and much unknowing are taking place. It is an excellent time for us to gather, reevaluate, and deepen about who we are and what we are doing.”