Oct 12, 2021 11:38 am
Losang Namgyal Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Gen Tenpa Choden offering five color khatas to Boudha Stupa, Nepal, January 2021. Photo by Ven. Lhundrup Topgye.
Lhabab Duchen, one of the four great holy days of the Buddhist calendar, takes place this year on October 27.
Lhabab Duchen celebrates Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s return to Earth from the God Realm of the Thirty-Three. That is where Buddha taught Dharma for several months to the gods, including his mother, Mayadevi, who had died a week after Buddha’s birth and been reborn there. As a merit multiplying day, the karmic results of actions done on this day are multiplied 100 million times. This amazing result is taught in the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
Specific practices recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for these special days include:
Lama Zopa Rinpoche making light offerings at Boudha Stupa, Nepal, September 2021. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
A longer list of recommended practices can be found at “Practices for Merit Multiplying Days and Eclipses.” Of course, it is also good to do any of the other meritorious activities often advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche on these great holy days. (Advice specifically for merit-multiplying days can also be found in French. You can also find Dharma practice materials in other languages.)
In accordance with the advice of Ven. Choden Rinpoche, one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachers, Lama Zopa Rinpoche observes all the auspicious dates in the Buddhist calendar by Indian Standard time, instead of any other local time.
Offerings on Lhabab Duchen
Every merit multiplying day, the Puja Fund sponsors a large number of pujas and practices performed by thousands of Sangha. During this Lhabab Duchen, the Puja Fund will offer on behalf of the entire FPMT organization and all students, benefactors, and beings:
- Recitation of the Prajnaparamita Sutra by Gyudmed Tantric College
- Recitations of the Golden Light Sutra, Arya Sanghata Sutra, Vajra Cutter Sutra, and Amitayus Long Life Sutra by thousands of Sangha at Sera Je, Sera Mey, Gaden Jangtse, Gaden Shartse, Drepung Gomang, and Loseling monasteries and Gyuto Tantric College
- Offerings to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus and to over 10,000 Sangha, including those in International Mahayana Institute Sangha communities
- Offerings of robes to the Shakyamuni Buddha statue in the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India, and saffron and umbrellas to the Boudhanath and Swayambunath stupas in Nepal
Let’s rejoice in all of the meritorious activities that will be happening in the FPMT and around the world on this auspicious merit-multiplying day!
Special thanks to the Liberation Prison Project for preparing a Tibetan calendar with information on holy days and other important dates.
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