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Sat, November 04, 2023




DESCENT from TUSHITA (Lhabab Duchen)



Lhabab Duchen celebrates Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s return to Earth from the Tushita God Realm after teaching Dharma for several months to the gods, including his mother, Mayadevi, who had died a week after the Buddha’s birth and been reborn there. This is considered to be one of the great deeds of the Buddha among the Eight Great Deeds. This is a very auspicious day for practice, since the karmic effects of actions undertaken on this day are multiplied one hundred million times, according to Lama Zopa, citing the Vinaya text The Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

One of the best ways to maximize on the power of a merit multiplying day is by taking the Eight Mahayana One-Day Precepts. Geshe Tenley will confer these in a pre-dawn ceremony. For details on the Precept Ceremony see the description on the calendar.