Join Drupon Samten Rinpoche & Lopon Wangdu on this auspicious day.
Before celebrating the holiday with offerings to the Lama and the Tshok, Lopon Wangdu will give a short talk about the various holidays in the Buddhist calendar, their meanings and traditional ways of celebrating.
Drupon Samten will lead Guru Yoga (Lama Chopa) meditation and chanting along with a Tsok (food) offering. Please bring something for the Tsok offering. (cookies, candy, nuts, fruit, etc.)
We will have a potluck lunch at the conclusion of the prayers. Please bring something to share or your own special meal for lthe potluck lunch if you would like.
Lhabab Düchen is one of the four Buddhist holy days commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha Shakyamuni. Lhabab Düchen occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth month on a Tibetan calendar.
This Buddhist Holy Day is celebrated to observe the descent of Buddha from heaven back to earth. Buddha had left for heaven at the age of 41, having ascended to The Heaven of Thirty-Three (Trayastrimsa) in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in the celestial realms and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. He was requested by his followers to return, and after a long debate he managed to return to the human world. This is considered to be one of the eight great deeds of the Buddha. He returned to earth by a special triple ladder made of gold and gems, prepared by Viswakarma, the god of machines. On Lhabab Duchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. It is part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day.