Special invitation from the Director

director of shambhala with Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in Pasadena

We spent the latter part of this year together at the Pasadena Convention Center in the presence of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, and I am still basking in the rays of beauty and brilliance from our teacher, each of you and the magnificent space that a gang of very hardworking warriors created.

Kim Christensen, our Director of Education and amazing coordinator for the Community Day gave a big thank you to her team of volunteers. I’d like to piggy back on that thanks to the whole team, but very specifically I’d like to thank Kim. As many of you know Kim worked tirelessly for weeks to pull that day together. Kim’s devotion was an inspiration! She exhibited extraordinary grace and generosity under an intense time pressure. Kim, you are a delight! One-hundred-thousand thank yous!

Later in the evening the vajra sangha enjoyed the Sakyong’s presence and brilliance at a Werma Feast at the Eagle Rock center. Many people came together to make this happen but at the helm, as always, was our amazing Director of Practice, Marian English. Marian attended to details of the day and the evening with her incredible and inspirational patience and humor. You are a true warrior Marian! Thank you!

Also, a hearty thank you to the flawless and pristine Dorje Kasung, led by Rusung Anolin, who protected the space with incredible dignity. Three cheers for the Dorje Kasung!

And just on the heels of this auspicious visit by our teacher is Shambhala Day! We are feasting on celebration and community time together! There are many goings on in Southern California before, on and after Shambhala Day (see below). We will have a rich full day in Eagle Rock together on Shambhala Day, Thursday February 19, beginning at 9am with a Lhasang, then practice led by Acharya Bower, a couple of words from me as your Director, the I Ching to hear what our upcoming year has in store, a live address by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and a potluck lunch together.

I hope to see you all on Shambhala Day in Eagle Rock! I have some wonderful news to share, a bit of vision for our future and lots of love and appreciation for each and every one of you.

Let’s ring in the Year of the Wood Sheep together!
See you Thursday!
Cynthia MacKay
Director, Shambhala Centers of Los Angeles

Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche in Pasadena 2015


Shambhala Day:
A Tibetan New Year’s Celebration Year of the Wood Sheep

Thursday, February 19th, 9am – 4pm

SHAMBHALA EAGLE ROCK CENTER: 963 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041. Northeast corner of Figueroa St. and Colorado Blvd. Enter parking lot on Figueroa St. 

Also, please look at our potluck website and sign up for an item—especially if you like to call dibs on that special thing you bring.


Shambhala Day marks the beginning of the Tibetan New Year, and represents one of the most important celebrations in Shambhala. Join us for good practice, good food, and good company as we celebrate the new Year of the Wood Sheep!



More Community Celebrations


Saturday, February 21st (7pm – 12am)
$5 Donation

Party & Potluck with spontaneous offerings of performances and music for dancing
We will be enjoying food and conversation and perhaps some spontaneous poetry, music or whatever you feel inspired to offer. Please contact [email protected]. Please register if you will attend!


SHAMBHALA WESTSIDE CENTER in Mar Vista: 3877A Grand View Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066. The Westside Center is situated behind 3871 Grandview. The entrance is through the alley between “Under the Sea” and “GreenCoast Hydroponics”, which is directly across the street from “STOCK Building Supply”.

February 19th & 20th

Thursday, Feb. 19th (9am -12pm)
Come Celebrate the Tibetan New Year and Shambhala Day on Thursday February 19th from 9 AM to 12 PM at Amara Healing Center of Ojai, 215 Church Road. Meditation, A Live Online Address by the Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Brunch. RSVP: Email [email protected]. Location: Amara Healing Center of Ojai, 215 Church Road. Cost $10

February, 20th (7pm)
On Friday evening we will have our Shambhala Day Dinner at Cafe Fiore Restaurant. This should be a fun evening of celebration of everything we have accomplished as a group this year as well as looking forward to a new year of food, conversation, meditation, and classes. Please RSVP to [email protected] as soon as possible if you are able to attend. Location: Cafe Fiore, 66 S California St, Ventura, CA 9300


February 20th (Details TBA, offsite location)

For more information contact Barbara Vanek at [email protected]
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