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Oct'18

Lha Bab Duchen October 31, 2018

Lha Bab Duchen, or the Great Festival of the Descent from the Gods occurs on October 31, 2018.  This joyful occasion …

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Jul'18

Celebrate Chökhor Düchen!

Celebrate Chökhor Düchen by recollecting the Buddha's first teaching after his awakening. Tibetan Buddhists commemorate this auspicious event on the fourth day of the sixth Lunar month. In 2018, we celebrate Chökhor Düchen on July 16.

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May'18

Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen

  Remembering the Buddha, on Saga Dawa Düchen means an opportunity to practice joyfully.  We can take a pause from our …

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May'18

Saga Dawa and Saga Dawa Düchen

Saga Dawa Düchen occurs on the full moon (the 15th day) of the fourth Tibetan lunar month.  In 2018, the calendar date is May 29. In India, people refer to this month as Vaishakha . Buddhists throughout Asia often refer to the full moon day as “Wesak” or Buddha Purnima (full moon day).

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Feb'18

Bumgyur Dawa: Month of miracles and merit

Bumgyur Dawa: an opportunity to accumulate vast merit Bumgyur Dawa is the Tibetan term for a month where karmic actions are …

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Feb'18

Losar: Tibetan New Year

Losar literally means 'New Year' in Tibetan. Tibetans celebrated a New Year harvest festival prior to the introduction of Buddhism into Tibet. Many elements of the ancient harvest festival remain, however Buddhist rituals easily incorporated these ancient practices.

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Nov'17

Lha Bab Düchen November 10, 2017

Lha Bab Düchen translates as, 'The Festival of the Descent from Heaven.’ The effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times.

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Sep'17

Buddhist Wheel of Life

Buddhist Wheel of Life Paintings Buddhist Wheel of Life Paintings adorn monastery porches throughout the Himalayan region.   We may also …

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Sep'17

Buddhist Flags: History and meaning

Buddhist flags flutter around temples and monuments throughout the world today. Yet, the six-striped flag we see today is a modern development.

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Sep'17

Dharma Wheel and Pair of Deer

We may notice certain representations such as a Dharma wheel with two deer gazing steadily at it appear frequently. Why do we see this on every monastery?

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