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Saka Dawa

Tuesday, May 29, (All day) 2018

This day marks Shakyamuni Buddha's birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (passing from this life).

Saka Dawa is an especially auspicious day for spiritual practice — the karmic effects of all actions, positive and negative, are multiplied exponentially!


It is also an especially powerful day to take refuge in the Three Jewels - Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.  This year, for the first time, students who wish to take refuge can do so with Geshe Sangpo.

Our schedule at Kadampa Center will include:

5:15 am

Eight Mahayana Precepts, followed by a  group reading of  a sutra. The precepts begin before dawn and end at sunrise the following day. These precepts must be taken from a qualified master the first time; afterward the student may take them at home before their altar., or with other students at Kadampa Center. Geshe Sangpo will offer precepts if students request it. If you wish to take precepts for the first time, please register here.

3 pm

Animal blessing and liberation 

6:30 pm

Geshe Sangpo will offer Refuge in the Three Jewels, as well as the five Lay Vows beginning at 7pm. If you are taking refuge for the first time, please register by Friday, May 25.  Registration is closed. Those who wish to renew their vows may attend also.

Medicine Buddha Puja, led by Geshe Sangpo, follows the Refuge ceremony


Location at Kadampa Center: