Saka Dawa Celebration - Two practices led by Ven. Steve Carlier

May 25th 6pm - 8pm PDT

Four Centers

***This is an online Saka Dawa celebration via Zoom – Please register below and you will be sent a zoom link***

The full moon day of the 4th lunar month marks the anniversary of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment – under the bodhi tree in Bodhgaya, India – and his parinirvana (passing away) – in Kushinagar, India. This is one of the four major Buddhist holy days, and thus a merit-multiplying day.

We received advice from our spiritual director that the major holy days should be celebrated according to the Indian time, so we are starting our Saka Dawa practices on May 25 (even though your Tibetan calendars will say that Saka Dawa is on May 26). This makes sense because the full moon in California is going to occur at around 4:13am early Wednesday morning. On Tuesday at 6pm PDT, it will be approximately 6:30am (dawn) in India.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained that merit is multiplied 300,000,000 times on Saka Dawa. Because Saka Dawa combines these three special days, the possibility of creating merit is unbelievable. To learn more about the amazing results of doing practice on this day, please read this advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, or watch this video with Lama Zopa Rinpoche from Kopan (He begins at 23 minutes into the video).


Ven. Steve Carlier

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

  • 6:00pm – 8:00pm PDT   (9:00pm – 11:00pm EDT)
    The Source of All Attainments: The Yoga of the Inseparability of the Guru and Avalokiteshvara, followed by a short Tara Practice, led by Venerable Steve Carlier



Date(s): May 25th 6pm - 8pm PDT
Times: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Type of event: special event
Number of sessions: 1 Session - 2 hours, 2 practices
Level: All are Welcome
Participation: It's permissible for people to leave after 1st practice
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