World Peace Day
July 1 - 2, 2017
Drikung Kyobpa Choling Tibetan Meditation Center - Escondido, California
We are pleased to announce that we will have a special two-day program with Drupon Samten Rinpoche and the DKC monastics and sangha. This is the 2nd Annual program whereby the first one was held with His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, under the DKC Bodhi Tree. His Holiness has requested that we continue with this special program each year.
We are very happy and honored to host this celebration in this special year of Jigten Sumgon’s 800th Pari-Nirvana celebration. These Dharma teachings display deep love and compassion for all sentient beings and focus on world peace. During these ceremonies, we are also reminded that these great teachers are not separate from us because they achieved the unlimited Dharmakaya state. Just like we are a part of the space, these great lamas are ever present. With respect and devotion, we will celebrate in the same manner as has been done in Tibet and India. It is wonderful for both Dharma practitioners and non-practitioners alike to join this occasion. Together we can learn how to be humble and express our altruistic mind towards all sentient beings in our every day lives. This celebration will be dedicated to bringing peace and harmony within ourselves as well as to flourish peace and harmony around the world.
Registration is required to help us with the overall planning. Registration is opening up on our website or you can sign up onsite. There will be many ways that you can contribute to make this program a success and to accumulate merit for yourself, your family and loved ones. If you would like to make a mandala offering to His Holiness, butter lamp offering or sponsor any one of these programs, please contact us for more details.
COST: $30 per day or $50 for both days if you register by June 24th.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE: 10:00am to 5:00pm, along with a potluck lunch and tea breaks.
IF YOU ARE ABLE, PLEASE BRING FOOD TO SHARE FOR THE POTLUCK LUNCHES
- We will have all day aspiration prayers for world peace outside under the Bodhi tree. We will do this prayer as is customary in BodhGaya India where Buddha achieved enlightenment under this specific tree. We are very blessed to have this Bodhi tree here from BodhGaya, which actually came from the original tree where the Buddha obtained enlightenment. Although this tree grows in many different places, they are not all considered holy. Just like every ordinary being does not become a Buddha.
- We will have the ceremony of Lord Buddha Shakyamuni with traditional mandala offering and music. This will be followed by the twelve deeds of the Buddha prayer; Manjushri Nama Samgiti, the Heart Sutra, 21 Taras along with the Buddha bathing ceremony which His Holiness requested Drupon Samten have in the program. The Buddha bathing ceremony will be held in the morning. It is important in both Mahayana and Tibetan Buddhism and traditionally they are similar. The Vajrayana way of bathing the Buddha reflects the image in the mirror and washing by pouring the saffron water. The Mahayana way is to directly pour the water on the Buddha’s image. We will combine both together in this ceremony because it is the same essence of practice, but just comes from different cultures.
The Buddha bathing ceremony originated where the mother gave birth to Buddha. Buddha was born clean and radiant. He could already walk. The Buddha took 7 steps in each direction. Whereever Buddha took a step, a lotus flower instantaneously sprang up and blossomed. Then Buddha pointed his right forefinger up to the sky and his left down to the grass and said “I am supreme among all”. Indra and Brahma were holding a special cloth from heaven and many goddesses gave Buddha a bath with holy scented and blessed saffron water. When the Buddha was born, there were many other auspicious signs appeared. Thus this ceremony has become important for purification both physically and mentally. The ceremony includes pouring the water with a silver and gold vase at the crown of the Buddha while meditating that you are giving a bath to this holy person. By so doing, we show our deepest respect for the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha and request that the teachings will flourish. We establish the seed to attain purity of body, speech, and mind in the three times of past, present, and future and accumulate vast merit.
- Then we have tsungs (cloud of incense) offering ceremony, burning juniper and other types of fragrant herbs. The tsungs ritual offering is very important in every tradition; Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana. Offering is not only important to humans and other species, but it is also important for the elements and to cleanse the environment. Through the power of the meditation and the prayers, these clouds of incense offering, reach the universe, naga realms, god realms to fill the entire space.
The prayers, meditation and incense, combined together along with the smoke and air mixed together reach on the ground, above and under the ground. These offerings can reach as far as the Buddha fields and to the heavens and the naga realms. All visible, invisible and other universes also benefit from these prayers and mediation. Drupon is very strict with the traditional way of doing things in order to preserve these ancient precious Dharma teachings and practices.
- We will also have a butter lamp offering ceremony along with Wish Fulfilling prayers. The significance of the butter lamp offering is to dispel the darkness of ignorance which is the cause of all the suffering and pain. By removing that, you can reveal the true nature of the Buddha’s heart. The butter lamp is an offering to free all sentient beings from ignorance. Butter lamps not only illuminate themselves but they have the ability to give light to others. Therefore one can achieve the liberation of ultimate Bodhichitta and can benefit sentient beings like the sun and the moon. Butter lamp offerings also are a method to accumulate merit, remove negative karma, and bring long life, good fortune and prosperity. We encourage you not to miss this magnificent program that is a precious and auspicious opportunity to receive blessings and both renew and strengthen our spiritual practice.