Döns Season Intensive

February 13th—February 22nd

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    Open to everyone. Join us for any of the scheduled sessions.

    Döns Season and Obstacles

    In the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, the ten-day period leading up to the Tibetan's lunar new year is considered "döns season." According to Tibetan Buddhist teaching, döns are obstacles that disrupt our mind and life as well as our ability to engage in dharma. During this time of year our karmic accumulations tend to ripen and intensify. So it is a time to slow down, pay attention and reflect on what is happending.

    Mamos and Protectors Practice

    During the mamo chants practice, we invoke protectors and wrathful deities to purify karma and clear obstacles. Tibetans depict mamos as fierce and ugly demonesses, black in color, with emaciated breasts and matted hair. They appear with sacks full of diseases. They cause havoc with a roll of their magical dice, creating pestilence and warfare.

    What does this mean now, in the West? In tantric Buddhism, obstacles arise when we lose insight, and those very obstacles, in the form of döns and mamos, remind us to increase our mindfulness and awareness. The wrathful activity of the mamos becomes tamed as part of the path. It helps to know that mamos and döns are actually inseparable from our own minds—which is what makes the taming possible. Giving them names and personalities enables us to tune into their energy.

    Articles on Mamos, Protector Principle and end-of-year practice:

    On the Mamos, the Dharmapala Principle and Mahakali Vetali by the Dorje Löppön Lodro Dorje

    The Shambhala Protector Principle by Shastri Russell Rodgers

    Finishing One Year, Starting Anew by Mr. Walker Blaine