Happy Saga Dawa, Tibet!
May 25th is Saga Dawa, which is a day of celebration during the month of Vesak in Tibet.
Vesak commemorates three defining moments in the life of the historic Shakyamuni Buddha over two and a half millennia ago– His birth, His Enlightenment, and His Passing to Parinirvana. All three events in the Buddha’s life were said to have happened during the 4th month of the lunar calendar, which coincides with the month of May on our calendars!
Though the whole month is a commemoration, the celebrations culminate on the day of the full moon in May which is May 24 or 25 depending on the country in which it takes place.
Festivities occur in all the following places:
Malaysia (Hari Wesak)
Cambodia (Vesak Bochea)
Thailand (Visakha Bucha)
India (Buddha Jayanti)
Nepal (Buddha Purnima)
During this period of time, it is believed that all positive and negative actions are multiplied, making the month especially important to be watchful of our acts. Activities to accumulate merits include cleaning temples, giving alms to the poor, going to temples to receive blessings and make prayers, wearing white, refraining from eating meat, and setting free captive animals.
With that, be extra aware of your own acts this month and take those extra steps to purify one’s mind and humble the ego!
“There is no way to Happiness, Happiness is the way.” Lord Buddha
To participate in your local Saga Dawa celebrations check out the following events:
Saturday May 25, 2013
7-9PM Saga Dawa Duchen celebration
“Treasure Blessing of Shakyamuni Buddha”, “Bodhisattva Vows” and “Avalokiteshvara in the Six Realms” Practices
Saga Dawa Duchen, one of 4 major holidays in the Tibetan calendar year, celebrates the enlightenment and parinirvana of the Buddha. Contemplation, meditation, and compassionate activities are encouraged, as on this day all positive and negative actions are multiplied 10 million times.
Palyul Changchub Dhargyayling Dallas, Inc.
1501-C Pipeline Road East
Bedford, TX 76022
Saturday May 25, 2013
10am- 5pm Retreat of Renewal & Purification (Saga Dawa)
Ven Tashi Nyima (monk)
Dallas Meditation Center
727 S. Floyd Rd. Richardson, TX 75080