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Venerable Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche

Returns to Dallas June 3-8, 2004


Seven Line Prayer, Mantras and Long Life Prayers for Teachers Link


2004: Wood Monkey Year - 2131
Practice Calendar


2nd Month





5th Day, 2nd Month


Mar 26


Accumulations and offerings deadline for the Long Life puja for His Holiness Penor Rinpoche

8th Day, 2nd Month


Mar 29


Medicine Buddha Day; Nyi Nak

10th Day, 2nd Month


Mar 31


Guru Rinpoche Day (Guru Loden Choksé) - Long Life Offerings presented and read to the assembly at Namdroling Monastery

15th Day, 2nd Month


Apr 5


Amitabha Buddha Day, Full Moon, Naga Day

25th Day, 2nd Month


Apr 14


Dakini Day; Good day for Naga Puja

28th Day, 2nd Month


Apr 18


Dharmapala Day

30th Day, 2nd Month


Apr 19


Sojong, Shakyamuni Buddha Day, New Moon.



There are four major Special Buddha Days or "Festivals" (düchen) in a year which relate to the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. During these days, it is said that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 million times, so practice is strongly advised.

Chotrul Düchen (Tib Chok-trul Düchen -15th day of 1st lunar month) Sat 6th March: During the first two weeks of the new year, it is celebrated that the Buddha displayed a miracle each day to increase the merit and devotion of future disciples. The 15th is the "Day of Miracles".

Saga Dawa Düchen (Tib Saka-Dawa - 15th day of 4th lunar month) Thurs 3rd June: the 15th of the 4th month, Buddha Shakyamuni's Enlightenment and Parinirvana are celebrated. He became enlightened during a full moon night in Bodhgaya and entered parinirvana ("passed away") in Kushinagar.

Chökhor Düchen (Tib Chö-kor Düchen-14th day of 6th lunar month): Wed 21st July: the 4th of the 6th month, the "First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma" (first teaching) is celebrated. For the first seven weeks after his Enlightenment, Buddha did not teach. Encouraged by Indra and Brahma, he then gave his first teachings at Sarnath on the Four Noble Truths.

Lha Bab Düchen (Tib Lha-bab Düchen - 22nd day of 9th lunar month): Thurs 4th November: the 22nd of the 9th month, "Buddha Shakyamuni's Descent from the Heaven of 33" is celebrated. Buddha's mother had been reborn in Indra's heaven. To repay her kindness and to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teaching in the Heaven of 33. It is not as often stated, in Tushita heaven; this is the realm where the Buddha lived before he descended to Earth.



Offer Tsog (collective food offering) on the 10th and 25th of each lunar month.



The starting day of the 12 lunar months of this year 2004-5 are given:



Losar 2005: Wed 9 February - Fri 11 February (Tibetan year 2131)


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