2023 End of Year Practices - Exploring the Concluding Request to The Protectors with Alfonso Taboada

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2023 (15:00 -16:00)

February 18, 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

Alfonso Taboada was born in Madrid. In his early twenties a neighbor who was practicing Zen lent him The Life of Milarepa, and he was deeply impressed and moved reading it, and soon started practicing Zen. In 1986, after finishing studies in Pure Mathematics in Madrid, he moved to San Francisco and soon changed zazen practice for Shambhala practices. Alfonso did the former 3-month Vajradathu Seminary in 1990. Back in Spain he organized the first Shambhala Training Level ever and a small study group started in Madrid - today a full Shambhala Center. He has been teaching the Shambhala dharma for over twenty five years and served as acharya (senior teacher) for a decade. He is a member of the faculty of Karuna Training and is trained as a mindfulness teacher for stress reduction. He has translated into Spanish several published books of his teachers, including Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand, Great Eastern Sun, Start Where You Are, No Time to Lose, Turning the Mind into an Ally, and Ruling your World. Today he teaches mathematics in three American Universities in Madrid, has a family that includes four children, and serves the Shambhala mandala teaching and guiding students.