2023 End of Year Practices - Exploring the Abbreviated Offering to Gesar with Daniel Naistadt

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Date: Friday, February 17, 2023 (15:00 -16:00)

February 17, 2023

Donations are welcome! 

All sessions are at 3:00pm ESTUse the time zone converter for your local start time.

Join us each day from Feb 10-19 for a FREE line-up of “Shambhala New Year Programming”. These special events will take place in the end of year practice period before Shambhala Day, and will feature talks by teachers in our community, followed by group recitations of the protector, mamo, and closing chants.

Join a different Shambhala teacher each day for a talk and guided practice. Events are free and open to all!

Each daily talk will follow roughly the same schedule:

  • Welcome and Presentation (30 mins)
  • Sitting Chants (25 mins)
  • Closing & opportunity to give

This year's sessions will offer a daily exploration of the protector chants, deepening our understanding of this tradition and greatly enriching our ability to practice in a whole-hearted way.

During the last 11 days of the year, we offer end-of-year practices to lay the ground for a positive transition into the New Year. The first 10 of these days are a time for intensive practice, focused on protector chants as a way to help overcome obstacles in our life, community and world. The end of the year is traditionally considered a positive time to do these practices. Other end of year activities could also include cleaning the household and shrine, resolving debts or disputes, and gathering energy for the new year.

The last day before Shambhala Day is a “neutral day” (Feb 20, 2023) on which we could do the final preparations for the New Year, having finished the practice from the 10 days before.

Are you interested in the end of year talks but need a reminder? Click here to receive a daily practice reminder email with links to all online events beginning February 10 through February 19. 

About the Teacher

Daniel Naistadt has been a senior Shambhala teacher for nearly 40 years. He began his study of Buddhism and far eastern religion as an undergraduate at Columbia College, and later as a graduate fellow at Columbia University. During his time in New York City, he met two of the most important people in his life, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his future wife, Agness Au with whom he raised two sons. Daniel has had a lifelong interest in the Drala principle and has received personal instructions and guidance on these teachings from Trungpa Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. In New York, Daniel served on the Board of the N.Y. Shambhala Center and in 2001, co-founded Sky Lake Lodge in Rosendale, N.Y. After a long career as owner and CEO of several apparel and dietary supplement companies, Daniel has recently retired from full-time work.  He continues to serve as a senior Shambhala teacher and avid explorer of the natural world. Daniel presently lives in Boulder, where he serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Boulder Shambhala Center.