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Shambhala Day 2018: Year of the Earth Dog

With Acharya Richard John

February 16, 2018

Shambhala New Year of the Earth Dog is nearly upon us – a time when we will gather together to enjoy traditions of our warrior culture, receive direction and teachings from the Sakyong and celebrate the beginning of a new year as a global community.

The holiday of Shambhala Day (Shambhala New Year ) is associated with reflecting upon the year that has passed, and setting our intentions for the future.

In the animal zodiac, dog year individuals are the most humanitarian, are selfless givers, and strive for justice and equality. They are fiercely loyal, decent, and courageous and are also magnanimous and prosperous. With the added element of earth, the energy of the dog is efficient, grounded, and vigilant.

We can all aspire to bring the generosity and stability of the Earth Dog Year into our lives and local communities this coming year and to further the critical work of Shambhala to transform fear and aggression into wisdom and compassion. The world has never needed it more.


8:00 – 8:45 Lhasang & flag raising
9:00 –  9:30 Elixir of Life
9:30 – 9:45 Set up for Feast/Food prep
9:30 – 11:15 Shambhala Sadhana with Potluck Feast
11:30 – 12:30 Directors Address & I Ching
1:00 – 2:00 Sakyong’s Address & fundraiser
4:00 Clean up Stroll the land and go to a movie

Please contact Alexandria Barnes to let her know what food you will bring and the amount of people it will serve.


Acharya Richard John
Acharya John was an early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. He was appointed acharya by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and for many years has taught Shambhala Buddhist programs in the US, Canada, and internationally. He completed the first three-year group retreat at Gampo Abbey, and now teaches full time. Acharya John and wife Liz reside in Halifax, Canada.
Learn more about Acharya Richard John