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Tsog and Special Practice Days
FOUR MAJOR BUDDHIST HOLIDAYS (Düchen)
10 Million Merit 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 spiritual practice is strongly advised.
Chotrul Düchen Thursday February 21, 2008 (Tibetan: Chok-trul Düchen - 15th day of 1st lunar month): 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 Wednesday, June 18, 2008 (Tibetan: Saka-Dawa - 15th day of 4th lunar 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 Tuesday, August 5, 2008 (Tibetan: Chö-kor Düchen - 14th day of 6th lunar 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 Wednesday, November 19, 2008 (Tibetan: Lha-bab Düchen - 22nd day of 9th lunar 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.
Losar 2008 - Tibetan New Year 2135
February 7, 2008 Male Earth Rat Year
Tibetan Buddhist Tsog Calendar 2008
Guru Rinpoche Tsog: 10th Day of the Tibetan Month
Sat Feb 16
Sun Mar 16
Tues April 15
Wed May 14
Fri June 13
Sat July 12
Mon August 11
Wed Sept 10
Thurs Oct 9
Sat Nov 8
Sun Dec 7
Tues Jan 6, 2009
Wed Feb 4, 2009
Dakini Tsog: 25th Day of the Tibetan Month
Sun March 2
Tues April 1
Wed April 30
Fri May 30
Sat June 28
Sun July 27
Tues August 26
Wed Sept 24
Thurs Oct 23
Sat Nov 22
Sun Dec 21
Tues Jan 20, 2009
Thurs Feb 19, 2009
Feb. 25, 2009 - Tibetan New Year 2136
INAUSPICIOUS or UNFAVOURABLE DAYS for Hanging Prayer Flags
Though Monday is a good day to hang flags and Friday is very good,
some Inauspicious Days for Hanging Prayer Flags are:
10th and 22nd of the First, Fifth and Ninth months
7th and 19th of the Second, Sixth and Tenth months
4th and 16th of the Third, Seventh and Eleventh months
1st and 13th of the Fourth, Eighth and Twelfth months.
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