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Global Meditation Practice on the New Moon

The Boudhanath Stupa. Artwork Credit: Karma Phuntsok, find more of his sacred art at karmaart.com

In Tibetan Buddhism, the new moon is an auspicious time for the accumulation of merit and wisdom. This month, the new moon falls on November 4th. Therefore, Tibetan Buddhists traditionally use this day to engage in virtuous activities such as lighting butter lamps, giving alms to the needy, circumambulating or reading about sacred sites, making aspiration prayers, and engaging in meditation practices.

This month, Samye Institute invited our Sangha to meditate collectively during this auspicious time. Some of our community chose to recall the kindness of the Buddha of our age through practicing the Treasury of Blessings sādhana, composed by Mipham Rinpoche. You can find visualization aids to support your practice in our chant library.

We’re proud to announce that collectively, Samye’s sangha collectively meditated for over 19 hours on this full moon day. We will be hosting more “Commit to Sit” events on other auspicious days. We hope to see you soon!

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.