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Lhabab Duchen Holy Day Prayers with Geshe Gelek

12:00 pm Wednesday, October 27, 2021


Join Geshe Gelek onlinw as he leads us in prayers and praises to Shakyamuni Buddha on this special holy day. (See below to register)

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, according to our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, citing the Vinaya text The Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

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

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, encourages students to take the Eight Mahayana Precepts on holy days. 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.

Our schedule of events for the day:

12 pm  Prayers with Geshe Gelek   Geshe-la will lead us in prayer.  Online only, on Zoom (register here) and streaming on YouTube

At 7 pm, Geshe-la will lead the regularly scheduled lamrim class.

Students who have previously taken the Eight Mahayana Precepts from a qualified master are encouraged to take them at home before their altar.

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Sponsorship of general Holy Day events and activities is $108.

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Step One  is dedicating your generosity (click here).

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Dedications may be very simple - "For my mother, Rosemary" - or they might encompass more extensive spiritual wishes, such as "May these teachings be the cause to liberate all sentient beings," or wishes for the teacher's long life, to benefit a person who is ill - any heart-felt positive intention!  You also can dedicate for more than one intention.

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