Shakyamuni Buddha in
sambhogakaya aspect with offerings in the jokhang of Maitripa College. Photo by Noah Gunnell.

Lhabab Duchen, one of the four great holy days of the Buddhist calendar, takes place this year on Friday, November 10.

Lhabab Duchen celebrates Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s return from the god realm Thirty-Three after teaching Dharma for several months to his mother, who has been reborn there, along with other gods. As a Buddha Multiplying Day, the karmic results of actions done on this day are multiplied 100 million times. This amazing result is sourced by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

As merit is multiplied on this holy day, it provides an excellent opportunity to follow Khadro-la’s advice that students of Lama Zopa Rinpoche offer recitations of the Vajra Cutter Sutra and Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha (Tendrel Topa) for Rinpoche’s long life. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has also recommended practices for these four holy days. Specific advice for practices to do on the Buddha Multiplying Days can be found on the FPMT website, including new 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 the FPMT website, which you can find on the Sutra of Golden Light reporting page.

Please keep in mind that according to the late Kyabje Choden Rinpoche, one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus, the observation of auspicious days should be according to the date in India, not the date in one’s home country. Therefore, when Lama Zopa Rinpoche is not in India, Rinpoche celebrates Buddha Days and other auspicious dates according to the time in India.

Special thanks to the Liberation Prison Project for preparing a Tibetan calendar with information on holy days and other important dates for avoiding or engaging in various activities.

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