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Tsog and Special Practice Days


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 - Buddha Shakyamuni's Performance of Miracles ("Day of Miracles")
Saka Dawa Düchen - Buddha Shakyamuni Attains Enlightenment
Chokhor Düchen - Buddha Shakyamuni First Turns the Wheel of Dharma
Lhabab Düchen - Buddha Shakyamuni's Descent from Tushita Heaven


Chotrul Düchen Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (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 Sunday, June 7, 2009 (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 Saturday, July 25, 2009 (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 Monday, November 9, 2009 (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 2009 - Tibetan New Year 2136

February 25, 2009 Female Earth Ox Year



Tibetan Buddhist Tsog Calendar 2009

Guru Rinpoche Tsog: 10th Day of the Tibetan Month 
Fri Mar 6

Sat Apr 4
Mon May 4

Tue Jun 2
Thur Jul 2
Fri July 31
Sun Aug 30
Mon Sept 28
Wed Oct 28
Fri Nov 27
Sat Dec 26
Mon Jan 25, 2010

Dakini Tsog: 25th Day of the Tibetan Month  
Sat March 21
Sun April 19
Tue May 19
Thu Jun 18
Fri Jul 17
Sat Aug 15
Mon Sep 14
Tue Oct 13
Wed Nov 11
Fri Dec 11
Sat Jan 9
Mon Feb 8, 2010

Feb. 14, 2009 - Tibetan New Year 2137
Male Iron Tiger


            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: 

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