Mamo Chants: Year End Practice

February 13th—February 22nd

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    Room: Main Shrine Room
    As we transition from the Year of the Earth Boar to the new Year of the Iron Mouse, traditional year end Mamo Chants practice will occur most nights at 5:30 PM.  Open to all.  (On 2/16 and 2/18 the chants will be part of feasts restricted to those practitioners.)
    "The transition from one year of activity to the next holds great power and is especially meaningful and important to pay attention to. In Shambhala, the traditional time we mark the end of the year is the eleven days before Shambhala Day. This is a time when we focus on having good conclusions to our activity from the past year, and where we create the good conditions that enable us to enter the next year with a sense of clarity and strength.
    Spiritually, the end of the year is a time to apply ourselves to meditation practices in general, and also those connected with overcoming obstacles. Generally speaking, these are the protector practices. Tibetan monasteries do intensive protector practices at this time, calling on the energies of awakenment to overcome both seen and unseen obstacles to compassionate activity. In Shambhala, our end of year practices are sometimes called “mamo chants,” which refers to the title of a protector chant we do intensively during this period. Mamos are a personification of the elements, which can become imbalanced and harmful at times of transition or societal change. The mamo chants are like a request to heal whatever imbalances have accumulated over the past year.
    Taken from an article by Walker Blaine from the Shambhala Times, read more of the article here: