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One of the four great holy days in the Tibetan calendar, Lhabab Duchen marks the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s return to Earth after spending three months in the God Realm of Thirty-Three, a higher realm where his mother was reborn after she died shortly after giving him birth. The Buddha traveled to this realm in order to repay her kindness by giving teachings to liberate her from samsara. His teachings in the God Realm of the Thirty-Three also benefited the Arya Beings who lived there.
This year Lhabab Duchen falls on November 7th. While gathering together physically in each of our Centers is still beyond reach, all four of the Bay Area FPMT Centers are working together on this day. Tse Chen Ling Center for Tibetan Buddhist Studies will begin this auspicious day by offering the 8 Mahayana Precepts and leading the recitation of the morning practices advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Gyalwa Gyatso (Ocean of Compassion) Buddhist Center will then lead sutra and prayer recitations. Land of Medicine Buddha will lead Lama Chӧpa in Tibetan from their gompa in the early afternoon and a little later in the afternoon offer a Namgyalma Practice Session. we will wrap up the day in the gompa at Vajrapani Institute with Tonglen Meditation and Dedication.
Each of the centers would like to welcome you in, to take a brief tour of the gompa, to spend time with the holy objects and rejoice in offerings we are making together as one community. Please check out the schedule of events below, as well as links to download texts and prayers.
Schedule of Events:
6:00 am at Tse Chen Ling: Precepts and Morning Prayers
9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Ocean of Compassion: Recitations
2:00 pm at Land of Medicine Buddha: Lama Chӧpa (in Tibetan)
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm at Land of Medicine Buddha: Namgyalma Practice Session. *If you have refuge in the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha and have faith in Tantra, you may participate, even without the empowerment. Those participating in this practice who are not taking the Mahayana Precepts offered at 6:00 am, are advised to abstain from black foods (meat, eggs, onions, garlic, and radishes) all day.
6:00pm at Vajrapani Institute: Tonglen Meditation and Dedication
Additional Information & Practices:
Texts may be downloaded using the links provided below.
- Read more about Taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts
- Morning Prayers: Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness – FPMT
- Diamond Cutter Sutra is available from FPMT Click HERE
- Sutra Remembering the Three Jewels
- Sutra of Golden Light available from FPMT Click HERE
- Flowing Water of the Ganga: A thorough Praise of the Thirty-Five Sugatas Click HERE
- Lama Chӧpa Text available Click HERE
Namgyalma Practice Session: Text available from FPMT Click HERE
- Master Shantideva’s Dedication Prayer available from FPMT p 56 Click HERE
Let’s all make skies of merit on this special day by practicing generosity. Our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, citing the Vinaya text The Treasure of Quotations and Logic, tells us that the benefit from generous actions are multiplied one hundred million times on Merit Multiplying Days.
To read more of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice about Merit Multiplying days, Click HERE
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|Date(s):||Saturday Nov 7th 2020|
|Times:||6:00 am - 7:15 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Four Bay Area FPMT Centers|
|Type of event:||special event|
|Number of sessions:||One practice day, multiple sessions|
|Participation:||Come to as much as you are able!|
|Location:||Online Via Zoom|
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