When: Saturday, November 4, 2023, 7:30 – 8:30 am ET
Please note: Geshe Sonam has asked that people take the precepts and transmission in real-time, not from a recording afterwards.
Lhabab Düchen is one of the four Buddhist festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha, according to Tibetan traditions. Lhabab Düchen occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth lunar month according to Tibetan calendar and is widely celebrated in Tibet and Bhutan. Lhabab Duchen celebrates the Buddha’s return to earth after teaching the Dharma to his mother in the God Realm of the Thirty-Three.
The practice of the Mahāyāna precepts is a wonderful opportunity to accumulate merit on Lhabab Düchen. Geshe la will transmit the practice, which involves keeping precepts of pure conduct and fasting after the noontime meal for a period of 24 hours. You can learn more about taking these precepts here.
Geshe Sonam will also give the transmission of the Prayer to the 17 Nalanda Masters composed by HHDL (Seventeen Great Paṇḍitas of Nālandā | Lotsawa House).
Geshe la encourages those who are in other time zones to take the precepts using the recording from Lama Zopa Rinpoche if they have not received the transmission.
Merit created on this day is multiplied 100 million times so it is a wonderful opportunity for us to practice online together.
Please register to attend on Zoom.
Specific advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for practices to do on merit multiplying days can be found on FPMT.org, including advice to recite The Sutra for Remembering the Three Jewels. If you choose to recite the Sutra of Golden Light on this special day, you might like to report your recitations using the facility on FPMT.org, which you can find on the Sutra of Golden Light reporting page.
On merit-multiplying days, the FPMT Puja Fund sponsors a large number of pujas and practices offered by thousands of sangha on behalf of the entire FPMT. These prayers are dedicated to all FPMT centers, projects, and services; all students, volunteers, and those who offer service in FPMT; and to all beings in general.
Supporting the Dharma is an incredibly powerful and necessary action… and especially meritorious on Holy Days like Lhabab Düchen.
This is the highest form of generosity, sharing with others the path to full awakening. Offerings to the Dharma create the causes to never be separated and to have conditions to realize the teachings. It deepens your connection with Dharma teachers, and you become connected with our community.