“The purpose of the Midsummer’s Festival is to celebrate that we have actually arrived at a time in our lives, a time of year, between Summer and Winter. It is also celebrating the fact that we can continue our lives further…The main point is to be free from any sense of personal grudge, personal grudge holding against others, against the rest of the world. We have to let go. We have to be much softer, much more genuine and real to others.” CTR address at Midsummer Festival, 1981
Barbara Smith will continue to discuss Shambhala’s seasonal celebrations, focusing on Midsummer’s Day, a tradition begun by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche that is celebrated on or around the Summer solstice. Included will be a discussion of the festival and how to celebrate with others or alone.
Barbara will also discuss other pre-Christian, seasonal traditions that Trungpa Rinpoche presented under the Shambhala umbrella, i.e., Shambhala Day (the Tibetan new year), Children’s Day and the Harvest of Peace.
Barbara took refuge with Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in 1971 and attended the 1973 Vajradhatu Seminary. Now retired after holding a variety of teaching and administrative positions, she continues to teach in both the Buddhist and the Shambhala paths.
All are welcome to our open house gathering with Barbara Smith on June 20th at 7 p.m. EST. To join the open house, click “Shrine Room” from Ocean’s main menu.
Hope to see you there,
The Ocean Team