Tibetan Buddhist holidays

Chökhor Düchen – The Great Festival of the First Turning of the Dharma Wheel

Jul 12, 2021

On the auspicious day of the Chökhor Düchen Festival, we remember the Buddha's first teaching. Traditionally, we refer to that event with the expression of the "first turning of the Dharma...

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Chokgyur Dechen Shikpo Lingpa

Jun 10, 2021

On June 11, 2021, we celebrate the 151st parinirvāṇa anniversary of the renowned tertön (treasure revealer) Chokgyur...

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Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen

May 25, 2021

May everyone who sees a Buddha image, hears the Buddha’s name, or the dhāraṇī—or recalls his qualities—embark on the path to complete and perfect enlightenment! Remembering the Buddha on Saga Dawa Duchen—his birth,...

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Chötrul Düchen 2021

Feb 27, 2021

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...

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Celebrating Lha Bab Düchen

Nov 6, 2020

Lha Bab Düchen (lha babs dus chen) in Tibetan translates as, ‘The Festival of the Descent from Heaven.’ We celebrate this great event on the 22nd day of the ninth month of the...

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Bumgyur Dawa: Month of Miracles and Merit

Feb 24, 2020

Bumgyur Dawa: Opportunity to Accumulate Vast Merit Bumgyur Dawa is the Tibetan term for a month where karmic actions are multiplied by 100,000. The first fifteen days of the first month of...

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Losar: Tibetan New Year

Feb 21, 2020

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...

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Celebrate Chökhor Düchen!

Jul 16, 2018

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...

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Commemorating the Great Tertön Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa’s Parinirvāṇa

Jun 25, 2017

Hello, very happy anniversary of great treasure revealer Parinirvāṇa. Today is the 5th month of Tibetan lunar calendar. And 1st day of the fifth...

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Practice This Saga Dawa Month

May 15, 2016

Dear friends near and far I am sending you many happy wishes for Guru Rinpoche Day. This Saga Dawa month is a very important month. Please practice well. I’m going to focus on...

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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.