Harvest of Peace: Community Practice and Fundraiser

September 23rd (2017)

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  • $10 Sustaining
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Room: Main Shrine Room
Program Registration is Closed.
The Harvest of Peace is a special Shambhala Community celebration of the Fall Equinox - harvesting in the northern hemisphere and planting in the southern. This time is connected with Ratna energy of nourishing, supporting and enriching. It is a time to contemplate what nourishes us personally and as a community. Balancing home, work, social and spiritual lives can be very demanding, so we can take some time to examine and re-seed our relationship with generosity and abundance which strengthen and sustains us throughout the year.
We will be practicing the Shambhala Sadhana together, which is a unique opportunity for those who have not yet received this practice. It is a wonderful way to connect to the heart of Shambhala and the wish to benefit all beings.
This is an important gathering where we hear community updates, raise funds to benefit our local and international sangha and hear teachings from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. It's a time of encouragement, raising each other's energy and rousing excitement for the year to come.
12:30 pm  -  Arrival and Coffee
1:00 pm  -  Begin Shambhala Sadhana community practice
2:30 pm  -  Community Updates & New Member Welcome Ceremony
3:30 pm  -  International Address by the Sakyong
4:00 pm  -  Fundraiser & Live Auction, Community Celebration and clean-up
Due to the recent passing of her uncle, Tulku Oga, the Sakyong Wangmo extended her trip to Nepal to be with her family. As a result, she was unable to give this year's recorded Harvest of Peace address, which will be given by the Sakyong instead. Click here to learn more: https://shambhalatimes.org/2017/09/17/passing-of-tulku-sampten-ngedon/
Attending the whole day is the recommended dosage of participation! If you can only attend part of the day, please let us know which part you will be attending in the notes section when you register.

Child Care
We are working on arranging childcare to be available for member's families. If you would like to bring little ones, please email [email protected] with the ages of your children and what portion of the day you plan to attend.
This day is entirely community-led. Consider getting involved early by emailing [email protected] to out your name in the hopper. The following areas need leaders and helpers:
Flower Arranging
Food/Party support
Fundraising support
Audio Visual (Live-braodcast and audio system)
General staffing
Practice and ritual support

Even if you don’t have a full, plentiful bank account, you can still inspire other people. You can inspire them to build richness in themselves. It is not so much a question of simply buying a cow in the autumn, when it has abundant milk. We are talking about buying a cow in the spring. Later on it might have an abundance of milk. Therefore, we buy cows who have gone through the hardships of winter, but who also have sizeable udders that might full up with milk later….When autumn comes they will give lots of milk, and we can make lots of cheese and butter.

Fundraising can be a process like that. When the first panic comes–no bank account, no money–you don’t declare your poverty. You find that there is a way to adopt the psychology of richness and nonattachment.

- From “Paramita Practice: Generosity,” in The 1980 Hinayana-Mahayana
Transcripts, page 111.