Lama Tsongkhapa Day
Sunday, December 2, 2018
All merit accumulated on this day is multiplied 100,000 times!
“I will explain as well as I am able, the essence of the teachings of the Conqueror (the Buddha) …” wrote Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419). Throughout his life, he practiced and taught the entire path to awakening. He was one of Tibetan Buddhism’s greatest scholars and yogis.
Lama Tsongkhapa’s brilliant illumination of Buddha’s teachings shines through to this day. He is the author of Lamrim Chemo — The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment — and other profound texts.
Lama Tsongkhapa also revitalized monasticism in Tibet and oversaw the construction of Ganden Monastery. His spiritual heirs include His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We follow his teachings at Sravasti Abbey.
Traditionally, Lama Tsongkhapa Day is celebrated with many light offerings.
The Abbey celebrates Lama Tsongkhapa on Sunday, December 2, after our final Sharing the Dharma Day of 2018.
If you can’t be with us in person, you can read or listen to Ven. Chodron’s talk on Tsongkhapa’s great kindness. Hear her personal experiences of visiting his meditation cave in Tibet.
Then do some of the practices suggested below.
May the light of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings, dispelling the darkness of ignorance, always increase!
How to celebrate Lama Tsongkhapa Day
and create merit
- Take and keep the Eight Mahayana Precepts for 24 hours.
- Make many light offerings on your altar, using candles, Christmas lights—whatever you have.
- Watch Ven. Chodron’s series of short teachings on The Essence of a Human Life: Words of Advice for Lay Practitioners, by Lama Tsongkhapa.
- Study, meditate, and listen to other Tsongkhapa teachings. His short texts include The Three Principal Aspects of the Path and The Foundation of All Good Qualities.
- Do the Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga practice,. Find it online and in the Pearl of Wisdom II prayer book.
- Make offerings to your teacher or Dharma center for the continuation of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teachings. Go here to include the Abbey in your offerings.
We need a tremendous amount of merit to meet with Tsongkhapa’s teachings. Rejoice in your fortune, take advantage of your precious opportunity, and dedicate for your own awakening and for all sentient beings.