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Chötrul Düchen: Celebrating the Miraculous Manifestations of the Buddha
March 7 All day
Chötrul Düchen, meaning “Great Day of Miraculous Manifestations”, is one of the four Buddhist festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha.
Chötrul Düchen takes place on the fifteenth day of the first month in the Tibetan calendar during the full moon, which is called Bumgyur Dawa. The first fifteen days of the year celebrate the fifteen days during which the Buddha displayed miracles for his disciples so as to increase their devotion. Key among these was the ‘great miracle’(mahāprātihārya), which occurred in Śrāvastī, a miracle that only buddhas can perform and which all buddhas are said to display at Śrāvastī. According to the Vinaya accounts,
Then the Blessed One entered into such a state of meditation that he completelyFiordalis, David, The Buddha’s Great Miracle at Śrāvastī: A Translation from the Tibetan Mūlasarvāstivāda-vinaya, 2014.
disappeared. He then became visible in the sky in the eastern direction and displayed the
four types of noble bearing—that is, walking, standing, sitting, and lying down—all while
remaining fixed in meditative equipoise. Then he entered into the fire-element
concentration; and once the Blessed Buddha had entered the fire-element concentration,
multi-coloured rays of light emanated from his body, rays of blue, yellow, red, white,
maroon and crystal. Displaying the Twin Miracle, fire blazed from the lower half of
his body and water flowed from the upper half, and then fire blazed from the upper half
of his body and water flowed from the lower half. And the same miracles he displayed in the eastern direction, he also displayed in the western, southern and northern directions.
He displayed these four miracles of superhuman power in the four directions, and after
curtailing his superhuman powers he went back to sitting on the lion throne.
During this time of Chötrul Düchen, it is believed that the effects of both positive and negative actions are multiplied ten million times.
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