Everyone is cordially invited to participate in the Mamo recitation practice during dön season.
Times vary each day for the chants. Please continue to check the website and calendar for updated times.
Please be in the designated Shrine Room before the practice begins and plan to remain through the one hour practice. It is customary that no one is allowed to join the practice after it begins.
At this time of deepening international tensions, the Sakyong has requested that the entire community - not just tantrikas, as in the past - recite the Mamo chant daily during this dön season. This year dön season is February 16 through February 25. A tantrika (Vajrayana practitioner) will lead the chants each day.
"Pacifying the Turmoil of the Mamos" is traditionally recited by Vajrayana practitioners from the twentieth through the twenty-ninth days of the last lunar month of the Tibetan year. It is not recited on the day before Shambhala Day. The day before Shambhala Day is considered a neutral day on which our shrines and homes are cleaned in preparation for the new year.
The mamo chant is recited in order to pacify the karmic cause of personal, social, and environmental chaos that accumulates at the year's end. It is an elaborate protector offering. By reciting the chant, we tune into the protector principle of awareness and reconnect with sacred outlook.
You can read more about this practice in an article by Dorje Loppön Lodrö Dorje entitled "Protector Principle: Averting the Negativity of the Old Year," http://shambhalanetwork.org/sandbox3/index.php?file=2013/05/ProtectorPrinciple1.pdf