Tomb Sweeping Day Festival April 5, 2018

April 5, 2018 is what is known as Tomb Sweeping Day Festival, Qing Ming Festival. On this day families from near and far visit the tombs of their ancestors. If you Google Qing Meng Festival, you may enjoy reading about the history of the festival, and how/why it is celebrated. It is a very touching and inspiring story.

Many temples and monasteries schedule a yearly Qing Ming Ceremony.

The THE FILIAL PIETY SUTRA may be recited within your daily prayer offerings, if you feel so inclined. Reciting this Sutra brings blessing to our departed ancestors, it also benefits oneself – generating positive karmic merit.

May all benefit!

Special Practice Days February and March 2018

1/31/2018 (Wednesday)

 Total Lunar Eclipse

On January 31st, 2018, there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse. We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra on this special day. 

The karmic benefits and merits of practicing and meditation during the lunar eclipse will turn to hundred thousand times.  We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate great merit and benefits.

Please click the following link for more information: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2018Jan31T.pdf.

2/15/2018 (Thursday)

Partial Solar Eclipse & Last day of the Fire Rooster year

On February 15, 2018, there will be a Partial Solar eclipse.

The karmic benefits and merit of practicing and meditation will be multiplied 1000 million times during the solar eclipse. We strongly recommend you to take this great opportunity to accumulate merit and benefits.

We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra” to accumulate merit

Please click the following link for more information: https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2018Feb15P.GIF

2/16/2018 (Friday)

New Year (Losar Tashi Delek! Year of the Earth Dog)

Please reciteShakyamuni Buddha’s mantraThe Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds” and “The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra to accumulate benefits and merit.

During the first two weeks of the 1st Tibetan month, it is celebrated that the Buddha Shakyamuni displayed a miracle each day to increase the merit and devotion of future disciples.

3/01/2018 (Thursday), the 14th of the 1st month, is Milarepa’s anniversary. Extra practice is highly advised.

It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on the Day of Miracles, so practice is strongly advised.

We also would like to suggest reciting Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds during the first two weeks of the 1stmonth (2/16/2018-3/01/2018) to accumulate merit and benefits.

With thanks to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center who keeps us abreast of upcoming Special Days for practice. May all benefit!

Special Practice Days in November & December 2017

 

11/10/2017 (Friday)

Lord Buddha’s Descent from Heaven (the 22nd of the 9th month)

November 10, 2017 is an anniversary date of Lord Buddha’s Descent from the Heaven.   It is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times on this special day, so we would like to suggest you to recite Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and The Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deedson this auspicious holy date to accumulate merit and benefits.

 12/21/2017 (Thursday)

The first day of Winter

 We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra”.

  12/31/2017 (Sunday)

The last day of 2017

 We would like to suggest you to read The Prayer of Kuntuzangpo-The Primordial Buddha Samantabhadra”.

Thank you to Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us abreast of these special practice days for the benefit of all.