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!

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Special Practice Days

Chotrul Duchen ~ The Day of Miracles is Monday February 22, 2016 (the 15th day of the Tibetan Lunar calendar). 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. 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.

Milarepa’ Anniversary is Sunday February 21, 2016, the 14th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Practice is highly advised.

Marpa’s Anniversary is Monday February 22, 2016, the 15th day of the 1st month of the Tibetan Lunar calendar. Practice is highly advised.

The first day of the New Year of the Fire Monkey was February 8/9, 2016. In case you are not aware, it has been suggested to recite Shakyamuni Buddha’s Mantra and Praising of Buddha’s Twelve Deeds during the first two weeks of the 1st month (2/09/2016 – 2/22/2016) to accumulate merit. It is said that each day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times during these two weeks.

May you have a Peaceful, Joyful, Prosperous and Happy Year of the Fire Monkey!

We thank Gampopa Vajrayana Buddhist Center for keeping us well-informed of important days to remember.

New texts have been added to the Sutras & Texts page of this blog.

May this benefit all beings!

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Marpa’s Dedication

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Marpa, Milarepa’s guru, is often exemplified as an enlightened master who integrated his Buddhist practice as a lay person. He was a family man and owned property, was a translator and lineage holder, and had disciples. What is sometimes overlooked in presenting a clear and descriptive picture of the life of Marpa is that he endured great hardship in order to study, realize, and stabilize his enlightenment. Indeed, we are not insinuating that today’s practitioners must follow the example of Marpa’s hardships and journeys. But we must look closely at the commitment and effort that is required in all Mastery.

Marpa sold all his possessions except one parcel of property in order to make his first journey from Tibet to India and seek his Masters, receive teachings, and practice. This first arduous journey took 12 years. His second journey to India, leaving behind family, business and friends, took 6 years, while his third and final journey to India took 3 years. Moreover, while living with his wife and family he went regularly into solitary retreat for years at a time, leaving the concerns of family and business to others.

Marpa invested a great amount of personal time and resources in order to seek and practice the profound Buddhist teachings. Of course, he lived within an environment and culture that supported his efforts. Or perhaps a better picture is that he created one. Marpa, as Gandhi might say, became the solution.

The point of bringing this aspect of Marpa’s life to light is to emphasize that there is a great commitment and effort involved in the process of cultivating the path of enlightenment in relation to self, culture, and nature. The spiritual masters of all traditions agree that renunciation, meditation, and realization in solitude are three of the essential keys in unlocking the door of conscious enlightenment – freedom from fear, anger, and confusion.  Cultivating and stabilizing an altruistic transformative spirituality is possible. (written by Venerable Ani Drubgyudma)

“To Achieve Buddhahood One Must Practice”

milarepa “…to achieve Buddhahood one must practice…

[Megom said] “For the rest of my life all I need is my Guru’s instructions. I have made up my mind, and sworn, to remain in hermitages all my life.”

[Milarepa said] “…one must have the determination to meditate alone…” “

“…Then on the eve of his departure to meditate in solitude, Megom asked the Jetsun to give him a teaching, effective yet easy to practice. The Jetsun replied, “Great merits have grown in me since I practiced these instructions. You should also follow them. Now listen to my song:

I, the Yogi Milarepa, see the Essence

By gazing nakedly up It!

I see Beyond-playwords, clear as the sky!

By letting go, I see Reality;

By resting at my ease, I realize

The voidness of all and everything.

I relax, relax, and come to the Self-Realm;

I let go, let go, and in the flow of Awareness

The pure and impure become one!

Because I search for nothing,

Thoughts and ideas are all cut off;

The perils of Samsara are thus forever crushed!

Since I realize that Buddha and my mind are one,

I no longer wish for accomplishment!

As the sun disperses darkness,

When Realization dawns upon one

Klesas and Nhamdogs vanish by themselves!

“…As instructed…he (Megom) went to a hermitage and meditated there alone…who [in his lifetime] helped many well-endowed humans.” (100,000 Songs of Milarepa, p403-406)