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Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting the Sutra of Golden Light at Mahabodhi Stupa,  Bodhgaya, India, March 2014, Photo by Andy Melnic.

Chokhor Duchen, one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, is just around the corner. Also known as the Festival of Turning the Wheel of Dharma, Chokhor Duchen commemorates the anniversary upon which Shakyamuni Buddha first began teaching the Dharma. For seven weeks after his enlightenment, the Buddha did not teach. After this period, Indra and Brahma offered a dharmachakra and a conch shell and requested Shakyamuni to teach. Accepting, Buddha Shakyamuni turned the Wheel of Dharma for the first time at Sarnath by teaching on the Four Noble Truths.

 

Chokhor Duchen takes place this year on Thursday, July 31. As a Buddha Multiplying Day, karmic results of actions on this day are multiplied one hundred million times. This amazing result is sourced by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

You can find Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recommended practices for this special day here (on Rinpoche’s Advice page, under Buddha Multiplying Days), and a calendar of all the holy days here.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with FPMT Sangha at the Light of the Path Retreat, NC, USA, May 2014.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with FPMT Sangha at the Light of the Path Retreat, NC, USA, May 2014.

Chokhor Duchen also commemorates FPMT’s TWELFTH INTERNATIONAL SANGHA DAY

Here is how you can celebrate monastics on Sangha Day, July 31, 2014:

  • Show respect for and appreciation of Sangha
  • Generate deeper awareness of the Sangha jewel
  • Donate to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund

Please keep in mind: According to Ven. Choden Rinpoche, one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachers, observation of auspicious days should be according to the date in India, not the date in one’s home country. Therefore, when Lama Zopa Rinpoche is not in India, Rinpoche celebrates Buddha Days and other auspicious dates according to the time in India.

Special thanks to the Liberation Prison Project for preparing the Tibetan Calendar.

If you choose to recite the Sutra of Golden Light on this special day, you might like to report your recitations using the facility on the FPMT website – which you can find on the Sutra of Golden Light reporting page. You can also find many other sutra texts available for free download on the FPMT Education Services’ Sutras page.

 

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Lama Tsongkhapa

Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet, the founder of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the Monlam Chenmo festival.

Days one through fifteen of the first month of the Tibetan calendar, during which Monlam takes place, mark a period when Lord Buddha performed many miracles, beginning with Losar (the Tibetan New Year) on the first day and culminating on the fifteenth day, Chotrul Duchen (the Day of Miracles). 

Losar took place this year on March 2, and Monlam continues through the Day of Miracles on Sunday March 16.

 Losar is the most important yearly celebration in Tibetan Buddhist culture. The annual Tibetan prayer festival, Monlam Chenmo, or the Great Prayer Festival, was established by Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1409. The first two weeks of the new year, Monlam, commemorate the time when the Buddha displayed his power by performing a number of miracles. Lama Tsongkhapa chose the Monlam Chenmo to coincide with the anniversary of incredible events in Shakyamuni Buddha’s life traditionally celebrated during the first two weeks of the lunar new year.

The new year commemorates a time of increase in virtuous activity. Any actions done during that period of time, both auspicious and harmful, are multiplied in their power. Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. It is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study.

Please keep in mind: According to Ven. Choden Rinpoche, one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachers, observation of auspicious days should be according to the date in India, not the date in one’s home country. Therefore, when Lama Zopa Rinpoche is not in India, Rinpoche celebrates Buddha Days and other auspicious dates according to the time in India.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recommended practices for these special days.  You can find Rinpoche’s advice on Monlam collected here (on Rinpoche’s Advice page, under Buddha Multiplying Days), specific advice for practices to do on the Buddha Multiplying days here, and a calendar of all the dates here.

Special thanks to the Liberation Prison Project for preparing the Tibetan Calendar.

If you decide to recite the Sutra of Golden Light on this special day, you might like to report your recitations using the facility on the FPMT website – which you can find that on the Sutra of Golden Light reporting page.

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-image-pink-lotus-image21418066Every year on Lha Bab Duchen (Buddha’s Descent from Tushita) the Puja Fund sponsors an incredible array of pujas and offerings performed by Sangha around the world. This year, Lha Bab Duchen is celebrated on November 24 and the Puja Fund will sponsor over US$5,000 in pujas and practices. You are invited to participate in offering to this incredible array of beneficial activities.

  • Sera Lachi (6,000 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho (King of Prayers)
  • Ganden Lachi (3,400 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Zangcho
  • Drepung Lachi (4,200 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tsechog, Zangcho
  • Gyurme Tantric College (650 monks): Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions)
  • Gyuto Tantric College (600 monks): Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho.
  • 20rs is offered to every monk at these monasteries.
  • Kopan Monastery: Druk chu ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Tsang Cho. 50rs are offered to each monk.
  • Kopan Nunnery: Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Tsang Cho. 50rs are offered to each nun.
  • Offerings to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus (His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizen, Geshe Sopa Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, Dhakpa Rinpoche, Jhado Rinpoche, Khongla Rato Rinpoche, Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche).
  • Offerings are made to all the Sangha at international Sangha communities: Nalanda Monastery, France;  Thubten Shedrup Ling, Australia;  Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy;  Chenrezig Institute, Australia; and  Sangha offering service at Rinpoche’s house, USA.
  • White wash and offering four giant saffron flower petals are offered to Bouddhanath and Swayambunath stupas in Nepal, as well as new umbrellas to the stupas’ pinnacles.
  • A new set of robes of the most precious material is offered to the Buddha inside the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple as well as the Jowo Buddha in Lhasa’s Jokang and also gold is offered to the holy face of the Jowo Buddha.

You can learn more about the entire array of  yearly and monthly pujas, practices and offerings sponsored by the Puja Fund.  You are welcome to contribute to this ongoing effort.

 

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The following is an extensive list of all the pujas and offerings sponsored by the FPMT Puja Fund. A description of these pujas follows below.

offrg grp 21Annual: Four Buddha Days

Losar (Tibetan New Year and the 15 days of miracles)
Saka Dawa (Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana)
Chokhor Duchen (Day 4 of Month 6, commemorating  Lord Buddha’s first teaching)
Lha Bab Duchen (Buddha’s Descent from Tushita)

Prayers and Offerings:

  • Sera Lachi (6,000 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho (King of Prayers)
  • Ganden Lachi (3,400 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Zangcho
  • Drepung Lachi (4,200 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tsechog, Zangcho
  • Gyurme Tantric College (650 monks): Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions)
  • Gyuto Tantric College (600 monks): Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho.
  • Rs 20 is offered to every monk at these monasteries
  • Offerings made to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizen, Khensur Denma Locho Rinpoche, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Kyabje Choden Rinpoche, Ven. Dhakpa Tritul Rinpoche, Geshe Sopa Rinpoche and Khyongla Rato Rinpoche
  • Offering are made to all the Sangha at international Sangha communities: Nalanda Monastery, France; Thubten Shedrup Ling, Australia; Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy; Chenrezig Institute, Australia; Sangha doing service at Rinpoche’s house, USA

In addition to the prayers and offerings listed above, the following are additionally offered on the following Buddha Days respectively:

Losar

  • Kopan Monastery and Nunnery (370 monks, 400 nuns): offering lunch and money offering, NPR 100 offered to all Kopan monks and nuns
  • A full set of robes is offered to all FPMT geshes and resident teachers
  • Monetary offerings to the 700+ monks and nuns of Kopan Monastery and Nunnery during the annual Monlam festival

Saka Dawa

  • Making and filling of stupas and lunch offering to participants at Chenrezig Institute, Australia
  • Kopan Monastery (370 monks):Tukchuma puja and Medicine Buddha puja, NPR 50 offered to all of the monks
  • Kopan Nunnery (400 nuns): 100,000 recitations of praises to 21 Taras, NPR 50 and lunch offered to all of the nuns

Chokhor Duchen

  • Kopan Monastery (370 monks): Namgyal Tsechok, Rs 50 offered to each monk
  • Kopan Nunnery (400 nuns): Kangyur recitation, Rs 50 offered to each nun over three sessions

Lha Bab Duchen

  • Kopan Monastery (370 monks): Druk chu ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Tsang Cho, Rs 50 offered to each monk
  • Kopan Nunnery (400 nuns): Druk chu ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Tsang Cho, Rs 50 offered to each nun

offrg grp 21Monthly Activities

 

Full Moon

Prayers and Offerings:

  • Offering of white-washing, Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
  • Offering new umbrellas to the stupas’ pinnacles, Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
  • Saffron flowers offered in each of the four directions. Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
  • 16 Arhant puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
  • A new set of robes of the most precious material with meditation practice is offered each month to the Buddha inside the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple, Bodhgaya, India
  • A new set of robes of the most precious material is offered monthly to the Jowo Buddha in Lhasa’s Jokhang, Lhasa Jokhang, Tibet
  • Gold is also offered to the holy face of the Jowa Buddha, Lhasa Jokhang, Tibet
  • Robes offered to special Chenrezig statue inside Potala palace (when possible), Tibet

Tibetan 8th day

Prayers and Offerings:

  • Extensive Medicine Buddha puja on the 8th day of the Tibetan month to bring success to all one’s activities, and for long life and also when anyone has passed away, Sera Me Monastery, India
  • Rs 20 offering to approx. 2000 monks, Sera Me Monastery, India

Tibetan 29th day

Prayers and Offerings:

  • Hayagriva Tsog Kong: all-day puja to Hayagriva with extensive offerings offered by 40 senior monks at Sera Je Monastery
  • Rs 150 offering to approx. 40 monks, Sera Je Monastery, India

offrg grp 21May- June: Tibetan 10th – 25th of the 5th month

One week before Saka Dawa

Prayers and Offerings:

  • 100,000 Tsog Offerings to Padmasambhava offered by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche, Khadro-la, Sangha and high lamas from Gelug, Nyingma and Kagyu monasteries
  • Offerings and meals for all the sangha for that week

While this is intended for each year, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s and Khadro-la’s schedule may not always allow for this.

offrg grp 21Anniversary of His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche’s passing

Location: Ganden Lachi, India

Prayers and Offerings:

  • Lama Chopa, and tsog and light offerings offered

 Descriptions of Pujas Offered

  • Druk Chu Ma: 64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles to one’s activities or projects that are bringing benefit to others
  • Namgyäl Tong Chö: One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma
  • Namgyäl Tsechog: Is performed to Buddha Namgyälma is performed to remove all obstacles to one’s life and to have a long life. This puja is specifically dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to all beings who are benefiting others and practicing virtue.
  • Medicine Buddha Puja: To bring success to all one’s activities, for long life, and for when someone has passed away

Since the pujas are to be performed for as long as the monasteries exist, somebody can, if they want to participate, put in one dollar. This goes into many of the funds and benefits all the monasteries including Kopan, Nalanda and wherever there are large groups of sangha as well as the [FPMT] organization and the Maitreya Buddha statue. I thought these things might help for that. We need to create good karma for success.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche, to the FPMT Board of Directors, September 1990
 

 These ongoing worldwide pujas and offerings are something amazing to rejoice in, to mentally offer and dedicate towards and also something you can also participate in by donating any amount … How amazing!

You may donate any amount to help ensure these pujas and offerings continue long into the future.

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