Day of Miracles
Saturday, February 27, 2021
All merit accumulated on this day is multiplied 100 million times!
The 15 days before are also especially meritorious.
Please join us in making merit for the Abbey’s Buddha Hall project
by reciting Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra.
Go here to learn more.
And join us on the Day of Miracles to practice the Shakyamuni Buddha Meditation, recite Buddha’s mantra together, and — hopefully — collectively meet our goal of 5 million mantra recitations to remove obstacles for the Abbey’s aspiration to build a beautiful new Buddha Hall!
The Day of Miracles is one of the four holy days in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. It celebrates the time when a group of matted-hair ascetics challenged the Buddha to a contest of miracle powers at Sravasti.
Although the Buddha did not want to show his miraculous powers, as this was the only way to subdue these ascetics and help them to develop faith in the Buddhadharma, he performed magnificent miracles each day for 15 days, outshining all opponents.
As a result, the ascetics as well as a huge assembly of devas and humans adopted the Buddhist doctrine, practiced it, and gained spiritual attainments. Subsequent generations continue to be inspired by the Buddha’s demonstration of his extraordinary qualities.
Ven. Thubten Chodron explains the historical background of the Day of Miracles in this 2013 talk and tells several stories about the Day of Miracles in this short talk from 2009.
She reminds us how best to celebrate the Day of Miracles, following the Buddha’s example to overcome afflictions, in this brief video.
And she talks about taking refuge in the Three Jewels in this talk from 2015.
Let’s rejoice together in having met the Buddha’s teachings!
How to celebrate the Day of Miracles
and create merit
- Take and keep the Eight Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours.
- Do the Shakyamuni Buddha meditation, either guiding yourself or listening to a meditation led by Ven. Chodron. When you recite Buddha’s mantra, please keep track of the number and report your recitations to help generate the merit to build the abbey’s new Buddha Hall. Go here to learn how.
- Study and reflect on the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha by watching some of the video teachings from the Refuge playlist.
- Make many offerings to the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, especially light offerings. You can do the beautiful Extensive Offering Practice to increase your offerings. The text is here and an explanation is here.
- Make offerings to your teachers and Dharma centers. Go here to include Sravasti Abbey in your offerings. Or make a dedicated offering to help build the Buddha Hall.
Think about how the Buddha’s teachings affect your life, rejoice in your fortune, and dedicate the merit for your own awakening and for all sentient beings!