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Saga Dawa Düchen

June 5

Buddha Shakyamuni

Saga Dawa Düchen 2020

The most important month in the Tibetan lunar calendar is Saga Dawa, the 4th month which runs from May 23rd up until June 22nd 2020. The 15th day of this lunar month, the full moon day, is called Saga Dawa Düchen. Düchen means “great occasion” and this day is the single most important holy day of the year for Tibetan Buddhists.

In 2020, Saga Dawa Düchen falls on Friday, June 5th. 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 and is celebrated slightly earlier than Saga Dawa as it is based off of a different lunar calendar, which we celebrated inter-traditionally at our Institute last year.

Inter-tradition Buddha Purnima at the Buddhist Institute
First Annual Inter-traditon Buddha Purnima at the Buddhist Institute.

Saga Dawa is known as the month of merits, its 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.


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