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An auspicious Saka Dawa to Tibetan Buddhists

Saka Dawa is the holiest month for Tibetan Buddhists. Today marks the Enlightenment of the Buddha.
Part of the ceremony at the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Bloomington

Says the Nyingma Institute Buddhist Center in Berkeley:

Saga Dawa is the most holy month of the year for Tibetan Buddhists. It usually starts in May or June. During this very special time, meritorious action is multiplied 100,000 times, so positive actions are especially powerful. The most important days within the month of Saga Dawa are the birth of the Buddha and the Buddha’s Enlightenment and Parinirvana, which is known as Saga Dawa Düchen; düchen means “great occasion.”

Buddhists may travel to temples and monasteries to practice in a formal but celebratory way by reciting devotional prayer, sutras and mantras. They also may make a point to go on pilgrimage, practice circumambulation, and make offerings of generosity and butter lamps throughout this month. Of these meritorious practices, one of the most important is reciting and honoring the precious words of the Buddha. 
If you’d like to do something special during this period of time, we recommend reading and reciting sutras, doing extra practice, as well as observing vegetarianism and going alcohol-free.

If you were in Bloomington this morning, we hope you stopped by the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center:

Despite the clouds and rain, Venerable Arjia Rinpoche gave a fire 🔥 puja attended by many people, young and old assisted by the monks.

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