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Lha Bab Duchen celebrating the descent of the Buddha from the heavens after teaching his mother and the gods
October 31, 2018
On this day, the 22nd day of the the ninth lunar month, Tibetan Buddhists commemorate the descent of the historical Buddha Śākyamuni from Trāyastriṃśa, “The Heaven of the Thirty-Three”. The Buddha, out of compassion, had traveled there to teach the gods of the desire realms. Through his teaching there, he also repaid the kindness of his mother who had taken rebirth in this heaven. This activity is listed as one of the eight great deeds of the Buddha.