Shambhala Day 2020: Year of the Iron Mouse

February 24th

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  • $10 Program Price
  • $20 Patron Price
Room: Main Shrine Room

Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the New Year and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism.

The mouse is the first symbol in the Asian astrological cycle, and is therefore associated with newness and beginnings. On this New Year’s Day, we can aspire to enter 2020 and Shambhala New Year with the spirit of a fresh start and a renewed trust in the basic goodness that connects us.

Based on the traditional Tibetan New Year’s celebration of Losar, the day is calculated astrologically according to the Tibetan lunar calendar and changes every year to coincide with the annual lunar cycles.

Our annual holidays mark the rhythm of our shared experience and culture and provide the opportunity for us to join together. Shambhala Day is particularly associated with reflecting upon the year that has passed and setting our intentions for the future.

Shambhala Day Schedule

6 PM Catered Dinner
7 PM Practice / Elixir of Life Sadhana
8 PM Online Presentation
9 PM Dessert and Wine to follow presentation
9:30 PM Everyone stays for lightning-fast cleanup!

Children are welcome to attend, and parents will be responsible for caring for their own children.

What to Bring
Please bring a donation for your practice book. Food will be provided.

Volunteers Are Needed!
Please contact Kevin if you can volunteer to help with any aspect of Shambhala Day.

Kevin: kwalsh311 [@] gmail [dot] com

$10 suggested donation to help cover the cost of the online presentation and practice books. You can donate in advance online or make a cash donation at the center. 

Shambhala Day includes a time for making a donation to both our center and worldwide community.





We appreciate you registering and paying online. This helps us not only to plan for the program, but speeds up the registration line on the day of the program.

Generosity Policy
The San Francisco Shambhala Center is funded solely by your membership and program donations. Thank you for your generosity as you consider what you can pay for each program at our Center. We strive to price our programs in a way that accurately reflects the financial need of our Center and the cost to us of producing the program.

We are committed to offering our programs to everyone, regardless of their financial situation. If you are unable to meet any of our listed pricing tiers please contact us to discuss your current needs. In addition to offering scholarship pricing for those in need, we also offer the option of paying for some programs in installments.

In order to request use of the Generosity Policy, please contact the person listing under the program’s contact information, or email: info [at] sfshambhala [dot] org, at least one week prior to the program you wish to attend.

What is the Patron Price?
The other aspect of our Generosity Policy is our Patron Price. Those who are able to offer more than the regular program price can select the Patron Price option.  By selecting this option, your generosity is helping to cover the costs of those who may not be able to pay the full price of the program. Thank you for your consideration, and for helping all to receive the treasure of the Shambhala Dharma.

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