Saga Dawa Düchen 2021
Saga Dawa Duchen 2021
The most important month in the Tibetan lunar calendar is Saga Dawa, the 4th lunar month which runs from May 12,2021 up until June 10, 2021. The 15th day of this lunar month, the full moon day, is called Saga Dawa Düchen (Düchen means “great occasion”). In 2021, Saga Dawa Düchen falls on Wednesday, May 26th. This day is the single most important holy day of the year for Tibetan Buddhists.
Saga Dawa Düchen commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of our perfect and most supreme teacher, Buddha Shakyamuni. In other Buddhist traditions this occasion is known as Buddha Purnima, or Buddha Day and is celebrated slightly earlier than Saga Dawa as it is based off of a different lunar calendar. We honored this auspiciously great occasion at the Buddhist Institute with an inter-tradition gathering that brought together Venerable’s and fellow Dharma brothers and sisters from four different Buddhist temples. We may be from different tradition’s; however, we all follow and praise the same foremost teacher, Buddha Shakyamuni.
Saga Dawa: the Month of Merits:
Saga Dawa is known as the month of merits, it’s also called bumgyur dawa, which means “merits multiplied by a hundred thousand times.” Tibetan Buddhists worldwide make extra efforts in practicing Dharma, generosity, and compassion in order to accumulate greater virtuous merits and purify our negative karmas. Along with remembering Buddha and his activities, the main point of the festival is to pray. It is said by many that the goal of the festival season is to pray for the long life of all the holy gurus of all traditions, for the survival and spreading of Buddha’s teachings in the minds of all sentient beings, and for world peace. Tibetan Buddhists go to monasteries and temples to pray during the Saga Dawa Festival. One place in Lhasa where crowds of Tibetans gather to pray is the Potala Palace. Hundreds of people lie down or stand to pray in front of it
Saga Dawa Celebration:
Join us for Saga Dawa Duchen on Zoom at 6:30 PM PST! Venerable Geshe Phelgye has offered to teach a special retreat honoring this sacred day.