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Lhabab Düchen is one of the four Holy Days in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition that commemorate events in the life of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Lhabab Duchenand marks the anniversary of the Buddha’s descent from the heavenly realm to the earth.  It is on this day that Buddha Shakyamuni descended to The Heaven of Thirty-Three Trayastrimsa in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in the desire realms, and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. This is considered to be one of the great deeds of the Buddha among eight great deeds. It is part of the Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day.

To mark this special day we will be doing Medicine Buddha puja at Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds.

Many people like to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on Holy Days as the effects of positive (and negative!) actions are said to be multiplied ten million times.

Pujas are chanted prayer ceremonies where we generate minds like the Buddhas, show respect for their enlightened qualities and the spiritual guides of our tradition, such as HH Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Pujas create merit (positive energy or karma) for oneself or others. You can join in the prayers and chanting or simply sit, listen and enjoy the blessings. Feel free to bring offerings for the shrine, for example biscuits, fruit or flowers, especially for Tsog pujas. Pujas are drop-in so no need to book. Donations welcome.