Shambhala Day Address, Year of the Water Dog, 1982

The Chronicles would like to wish everyone a very cheerful Shambhala Day/Losar and the very best of the Earth Dog year ahead. Tashi Delek to us all!

Photo by Robert Del Tredici


The key takeaways from this 1982 year-of-the-dog address to the sangha are that we must:

  • Supplicate for the Karmapa to return,
  • Dedicate ourselves to practice, and
  • Enjoy our lives.

His Holiness died on November 5, 1981, just a little over three months earlier. Trungpa Rinpoche and the entire community were still very much in mourning. At the same time, this was a powerfully energized era for the Vajradhatu community, as you can hear in this audio recording.

The Karmapa at Karme Choling in 1974. Sister Palmo (Freda Bedi) standing left. Original slide 1974 in KCL fonds. Shambhala Archives.
The Sixteenth Gyalwa Karmapa and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, circa 1968