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Tsog and Special Practice Days



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 10 million times, so practice is strongly advised.

Chotrul Düchen (Tib Chok-trul Düchen -15th day of 1st lunar month) Wed 23 Feb: 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): 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): 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): the 22nd of the 9th month, "Buddha Shakyamuni's Descent from Tushita Heaven" is celebrated. Buddha's mother, Queen Mayadevi, had been reborn in Tushita heaven. To repay his mother's kindness, Buddhan went to Tushita to teach dharma to Mayadevi and other celestial beings. He remained there in Tushita for 3 months during the rainy season retreat. As a result of receiving the teachings, Mayadevi attained the realization of an arhat. 


Though Monday is a good day to hang flags and Friday is very good, 

some Inauspicious Days for Hanging Prayer Flags are: 


Tibetan Calendar

Western Days are Listed First, Tibetan Lunar Calendar Dates Second

8th Day - Medicine Buddha Day
15th Day - Shakyamuni Buddha Day
30th Day - Amitabha Buddha Day
29th Day - Dharmapala Tshok Offering Day


February 2005


LOSAR Feb. 9  Tibetan New Year 2132 - Year of the Wood Bird

9 (1)
* Tibetan Losar (New Year)

13 (5)
* Anniversary of Rigdzin Kunzang Sherab 

* This month the 15th day is repeated in the Tibetan calendar

18 (10)
* Inauspicious day to raise new prayer flags
* Guru Rinpoche Day

22 (14)
* Anniversary of Milarepa

23 (15)
* Chotrul Düchen- Buddha's Performance of Miracles
* Chönga-Chöpa- butter lamp/sculpture festival
* Birth- Rigdzin Garap Dorje

March 2005

3 (22)
* Inauspicious day to raise new prayer flags

* This month the 24th day is omitted from the Tibetan calendar.

5 (25)
* Dakini Day

10 (30)
* New Moon

(Month 2)

17 (7)
* Inauspicious day to raise new prayer flags

20 (10)
* Guru Rinpoche Day

29 (19)
* Inauspicious day to raise new prayer flags  


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