Saka Dawa is one of the four Holy Days in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar when we celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death (parinirvana) of Buddha Shakyamuni. The Saka Dawa observations take place in the fourth Tibetan month, which in 2018 begins on 28th and ends on 30th May. The merit-multiplying day this year will be on 29 May. The effect of any positive – or negative – deeds are considered to be multiplied during this time so the wise do many spiritually positive actions as possible, including making offerings, reciting mantras, attending pujas and being kind and compassionate in our everyday activities.
Lama Chopa (Offering to the Spiritual Guide) is a traditional Tibetan Buddhist puja where we make prayers and offerings to all the teachers and Lamas of our tradition beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha and extending to our present teachers and Lamas who have shown us the spiritual path.
We request the Spiritual Guides to bless our minds with the same realisations that they themselves have cultivated. By offering sincere, heartfelt requests our minds can receive the full blessings of this precious Tibetan Buddhist lineage and quickly actualise the realisations of the path.
Feel free to bring offerings for the shrine (for example biscuits, fruit, flowers) and cake to share.
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