Homage to Shakyamuni Buddha
We will be celebrating Saga Dawa Duchen
Wednesday, May 26th, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm PDT
Chanting of the Heart Sutra
Reciting Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra
Lighting of candles
Zoom link for registration HERE.
“This practice is open to everyone in our wider sangha. I invite you to take the special opportunity of this day and month for meditation, prayers, offerings and all beneficial activities.
Besides meditation and personal practice, Saga Dawa is an excellent time to do animal release, lighting of butter lamps, and chanting mantras and prayers. In particular, saving animals from imminent slaughter has enormous benefits and great joy in saving life for both the animals and the people who have saved their life. You can save the life of an animal, either on your own or together with others, HERE.”
With warm regards,
Dza Kilung Rinpoche
The fourth Tibetan month, called Saga Dawa,
is from May 12 through June 10.
This is a significant time, one of the most important months
in the Buddhist calendar. In the Buddhist belief,
any virtuous or non-virtuous actions of body, speech and mind
are karmically multiplied one million times
during the whole month of Saga Dawa.
The full moon day of this fourth month is the Saga Dawa Duchen (Festival)
and celebrates three events in the Buddha’s life:
the day of his birth, his enlightenment day,
and the day of his passing into parinirvana.
All actions, virtuous or non-virtuous are multiplied ten million times.
It is a wonderful time to do active practice and benefit from the energy.
At the very least, it is important to have awareness not to engage in
any unwholesome thoughts and actions towards self and others.
Buddhist communities throughout the world take this opportunity to accomplish many beneficial actions and make offerings
to people, animals, the environment, and monastic sanghas for
the whole of the month. In Lhasa, for example, the streets become filled
with people in need, with people giving them offerings, and everyone
expressing their good and pure hearts in a very touching way.
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