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Each year on Chokhor Duchen (Day 4 of Month 6, commemorating Lord Buddha’s first teaching) the Puja Fund is sponsoring pujas and offerings all over the world by 14,850 monks and nuns. This is something amazing to rejoice in. Chokhor Duchen takes place this year on July 31, 2014.
On Buddha Multiplying Days, like Chokhor Duchen, karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
Powerful pujas ( for example: recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions) and Kangyur) are offered by 14,850 Sangha at monastic institutions and dedicated to the entire FPMT organization, extensive offerings are made to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus as well as Sangha around the world, and offerings are made to holy objects in Nepal, India and Tibet.
You can see the details of this incredible array of offerings that will take place on July 31 and join in the merit generated.
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.