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Lhabab Düchen 2021

Wednesday, October 27, (All day) 2021


Lhabab Düchen is one of the four major Buddhist holy days of the year. On this day, we celebrate the Buddha’s return to beings in our realm after a three-month separation.

During that separation, he had gone to the God Realm of Thirty-Three, a higher realm where his mother was reborn after giving him birth, in order to repay her kindness by giving teachings to liberate her from samsara. His teachings in the God Realm of the Thirty-Three also benefited the Arya Beings who lived there.

As a Buddha holy day, this is an auspicious day for practice, when the karmic effects of actions are multiplied one hundred million times. This amazing result is taught in the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

Lhabab Düchen occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth month on the Tibetan lunar calendar.

On holy days, our spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche encourages students to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts, simple vows of morality that we take for 24 hours.  These must be taken from a qualified master the first time, and Rinpoche has kindly made it possible to begin doing this practice by taking the precepts online from Rinpoche himself!  

Students who have previously taken the Eight Mahayana Precepts from a qualified master are encouraged to take them at home before their altar.For more about the practice of precepts, please read The Direct and Unmistaken Method by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Rinpoche advises many other practices on holy days as well.

    At Kadampa Center, we will celebrate with prayers selected by Geshe Gelek and led by him and Venerable Lhamo, online at 12 pm. 

    Registration is required to participate on Zoom. Please register here or participate via livestreaming on YouTube.

    At 5 pm we will hold a Medicine Buddha Puja to benefit Orion Saah on the 49th day after his passing.

    At 7 pm Geshe Gelek will teach the lamrim class.

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