Shambhala Day 2013 in Toronto

Photo taken for this year’s pre-recorded roll call.

On Monday, February 11 the Shambhala community celebrated Shambhala Day, which marks the beginning of the New Year, and represents one of the most important traditions of Shambhala Buddhism. According to Chinese-Tibetan astrology, this year is the year of the Water Snake.

Celebrated in over 150 Shambhala centres around the world, the day began in Toronto around 11 am with practice, followed by lunch in the community room. The highlight of the day was Sakyong Mipham’s annual Shambhala Day address, streamed live over the Internet — and this year without any technical problems!

The day concluded with an appeal for donations to support Shambhala, and with local presentations from our Centre Director, Margaret May, and our Practice and Study Director, Jil Amadio.

You can read more about the international celebration on the Shambhahla Times. To view the entire broadcast, including the introductory “roll call” and the talk by Sakyong Mipham, visit the LiveStream recording.