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Practice Together on the New Moon!

In Tibetan Buddhism, the new moon is an auspicious time for the accumulation of merit and wisdom. This month, the new moon falls on December 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 by practicing the Treasury of Blessings sādhana, composed by Mipham Rinpoche. You can find visualization aids to support your practice in our chant library. You can also read this commentary on this practice from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche at Lotsawa House.

Samye Institute is overjoyed to announce that on the New Moon day of December 4th, our Sangha spent over 9 hours in meditation together! 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.