Lhabab Duchen is Saturday, November 4
Celebrating the day Buddha returned from the god realm after teaching the Dharma to his mother. All merit created on this day is multiplied 100,000 times.
What is Lhabab Duchen?
Lhabab Duchen is the anniversary of the day that the Buddha descended from the God Realm of the Thirty-three where he had been teaching his mother the Dharma. The Buddha had been away for three months, and his return was a joyous occasion for countless disciples.
Lhabab Duchen is a Tibetan word, literally, “the great occasion of divine descent.” It’s one of the four main holy days of the Buddhist calendar when we celebrate the Buddha’s life and teachings.
When a Wheel-turning Buddha — a fully awakened being who sets the Dharma in motion in a particular time — is on Earth it’s a time of incredible fortune. People of that historical era have tremendous merit.
In our case, although we didn’t have the fortune to be born at the time of the Buddha, we have the fortune to receive his teachings from a pure lineage that goes back to him. Rejoice in that!
See Abbey monastics share about Lhabab Duchen:
- 2010: Lhabab Duchen Buddhist Holiday – Venerable Thubten Semkye
- 2012: Presidential Election and Lhabab Duchen – Venerable Thubten Chonyi
- 2013: Celebrating Lhabab Duchen – Venerable Thubten Chodron
- 2014: Teaching Our Kind Parents – Venerable Thubten Chodron
- 2015: Appreciating Our Spiritual Mentors – Venerable Thubten Chonyi
- 2016: Happy Lhabab Duchen – Venerable Thubten Samten
- 2019: Be Kind! It’s Lhabab Duchen – Venerable Thubten Tsultrim
How to practice on Lhabab Duchen
- Out of gratitude, make special offerings to the Three Jewels on your altar.
- Early Saturday morning, take the 8 Mahayana precepts for 24 hours where you especially refrain from negativities and distractions from the Dharma.
- Continue your morning practice with the Meditation on the Buddha, guiding yourself or listening to Ven. Chodron leading the practice.
- You can also do the Extensive Offering Practice. Read Ven. Chodron’s commentary on the practice here.
- Go here to include Sravasti Abbey in your Lhabab Duchen offerings.
- Venerable Sangye Khadro talks about How to Multiply Your Merit in this 2022 talk. (Note that this talk is on the Day of Miracles, but the same principles apply.)