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May/June
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Saga Dawa


Saga Dawa is one of the four most sacred periods within the Buddhist calendar, and marks the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni. This year this sacred period runs from May 11 to June 10, culminating on the full moon of May 26.

It is said that during the Saga Dawa period, virtuous actions are accumulated exponentially.

Take advantage of this period of great multiplicity to engage in the practice of meditation and generosity with the intention of bringing benefit to all beings.

During Saga Dawa, we will focus on the practice of Red Tara. Check the schedule below and also the table of important dates.

FAQ

1) What is Saga Dawa?

Saga Dawa is a sacred period for Tibetan Buddhism, celebrating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (passage into nirvana) of Buddha Shakyamuni. It is also called the "month of merit ", a period dedicated to generating merit through virtuous actions and positive thoughts.

It is said that during Saga Dawa virtuous actions are accumulated exponentially. So, practitioners make an extra effort to accumulate merit during this period, such as practicing generosity, virtue, and compassion, and then dedicating it for the benefit of all beings.

2) How long does Saga Dawa last?

Saga Dawa takes place during the 4th lunar month of the Tibetan calendar. This sacred period begins on the new moon of that month, reaches its peak after 15 days, on the full moon, and extends until the next new moon.

All the days of Saga Dawa are sacred, but some are even more so, that is, those commemorating the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Saga Dawa Düchen takes place at the peak of this period, the day of the full moon, which is considered the most important holy day of the year for Tibetan Buddhism. It commemorates the parinirvana and enlightenment of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Saga Dawa 2021:

May 11 – Start of the period

May 19 – Tampei Düchen (birth of Buddha Shakyamuni)

May 26 – Saga Dawa Düchen (enlightenment and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni)

June 19 – end of the period

Düchen means “great occasion”

3) What does multiplicity of actions mean, and how are they multiplied?

It means that all positive or negative actions of speech, body and mind are accumulated exponentially. During Saga Dawa, it is said that every action, positive or negative, is multiplied 100 million times. Therefore, it is important to engage in virtuous actions.

4) What are the ten negative actions that should be avoided and abandoned?

Body

Taking life

Taking what is not given

Sexual misconduct

Speech

Lying

Sowing discord

Harsh speech

Idle gossip

 

Mind

Covetousness

Ill will

Wrong views

 

More details about each of these actions can be found in the book: "The Words of My Perfect Teacher" by Patrul Rinpoche.

5) What are the positive actions we should cultivate and engage in?

"What makes an action positive or negative?

Not how it looks, not whether it is big or small,

but it is the positive or negative motivation behind it."

Excerpt taken from the book, "The Words of My Perfect Teacher"

Therefore any act done with a motivation to benefit beings becomes a positive action.

During Saga Dawa it is also common for practitioners to engage in activities cultivating the 6 Paramitas, which are:

Generosity

Discipline

Patience

Diligence

Concentration

Wisdom

More details about each of these actions can be found in the book: "The Words of My Perfect Teacher" by Patrul Rinpoche.

6) How do I make a vow?

A vow is a commitment. There are very elaborate ceremonies for taking a vow, but it can also be done simply. It is not necessary to have an empowerment to make one or more vows. The most important thing is to make the vow with the pure motivation to benefit all beings until they are free of suffering and achieve immediate and definitive happiness.

The simple way is to stand in front of your altar (or anywhere) and visualize Buddha Shakyamuni or your chosen deity in whatever way you are able and inseparable from your Lama, and proclaim your vow before them, as witnesses.

You can make vows for one day, for many days, or even for the entire period of Saga Dawa.

7) I am a beginner - can I take part?

Yes, you can take part in the Saga Dawa celebration, even if you are a beginner, by doing the concise Red Tara practice, which is performed in Portuguese and broadcast on Zoom daily. Besides this practice, you can also participate by watching Lama Tsering's teachings on Sundays. If you don't have empowerment, you cannot visualize yourself as a deity, but this doesn't prevent you from attending Tara practice in Tibetan, and the Tara and Guru Rinpoche Tsogs, and receiving the blessings of these practices. That is, in the more elaborate meditations, you can listen and accompany the practice by visualizing the deity in front of you. Check the schedule here: bit.ly/2RZQba2

8) What is the difference between Vesak and Saga Dawa?

Vesak, which is followed by some Buddhist traditions, is the commemoration of the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni on the same day, on the full moon of May.

For Tibetan Buddhist practitioners, the equivalent of Vesak takes place during the period of Saga Dawa. Within this period, there are also specific days for the commemoration of the parinirvana of the Buddha, called Saga Dawa Düchen, and his birth, called Tampei Düchen.

Schedule

Tara Day
4 pm | Tara Tsog with Protectors  → Take part
7 pm | Tara's Delight  → Find out more

End of Saga Dawa
Solar Eclipse
6am - 9:30am | Morning Puja with emphasis on Red Tara practice during eclipse  → Take part
5pm | Evening Puja  → Take part

Important dates during Saga Dawa


Tara Day
May 19 and June 02


Birth of Buddha Shakyamuni
May 19


Guru Rinpoche Day
May 21


Parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni
May 26


Saga Dawa Full Moon - Saga Dawa Düchen
May 26


Lunar Eclipse
May 26


Dakini Day
June 04


Solar Eclipse
June 10

Details

Start:
11/05
End:
10/06
Event Categories:
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Organizer:
Odsal Ling
Phone:
11 4703-4099
Email:
eventos@odsalling.org

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