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Saga Dawa

Saga Dawa is one of the four most sacred periods in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, marking the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakiamuni Buddha and, in 2024, takes place from 8 May to 6 June, with its culmination on the full moon of 23 May.

Daily Vajrasatva Practice


Between May 8 and 22, we'll be doing daily Vajrasatva practice in the context of Ngöndro sadhana at Odsal Ling at 7pm (UTC-3).

On May 23rd, Saga Dawa Düchen, we will have a special program (see tabs below).

To take part in person or online, fill in the registration form below.

All registrants will receive a recorded teaching from Lama Tsering on the practice we will accumulate during this sacred period.

If you would like to stay at the Temple during this period, please contact [email protected].

1) Practice schedule during Saga Dawa

Every year during Saga Dawa, Odsal Ling sets aside a few moments of the day for the sangha to do practice.

This year, we will have Vajrasatva practice sessions from May 8 to 22  at 7pm (UTC-3).

2) Special program on Saga Dawa Duchen - June 04

The Full Moon of Saga Dawa is considered the holiest day in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, when the enlightenment and parinirvana of Shakiamuni Buddha is commemorated. This year, Saga Dawa Düchen will be on May 23.

On this day, Lama Tsering invites everyone to accumulate merit with the following program:

Time UTC-3

6am to 7.45am | Morning Puja

1pm | Life Saving Practice

2pm to 4pm | Vajrasatva accumulation and Amitabha Practice

4pm to 5.30pm | Night Puja

7pm | Red Tara Tsog

3) What is Saga Dawa?

Saga Dawa is a sacred period for Tibetan Buddhism, when the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (passage into nirvana) of Shakiamuni Buddha are celebrated. 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 devote it for the benefit of all beings.

4) How long does Saga Dawa last?

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

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

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

Saga Dawa 2024:

May 8 - Beginning of the period

May 15 - Tampei Düchen (birth of Buddha Shakiamuni)

May 23 - Saga Dawa Düchen (enlightenment and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni)

June 6 - End of the period

Düchen means "great occasion"

5) 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.

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



Taking what was not given

Sexual misconduct




Sowing discord

Rude talk

Useless chatter




Wishing ill for others

Wrong views


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

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

"What makes an action good or bad?

It is not what it appears to be, nor whether it is big or small,

but the motivation, good or bad 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:







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

8) 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 any 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, in whatever way you can, Shakiamuni Buddha or your chosen deity, inseparable from your Lama, and before them, with them as witnesses, proclaim your vow.

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

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

Yes! There will be instructions for beginners at the first day of practice, May 8th at 7pm (UTC-3).

10) 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 Shakiamuni Buddha on the same day, on the full moon of May.

For practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism, the equivalent of Vesak takes place during the Saga Dawa period. In addition, within this period, there are specific days for commemoration of enlightenment and parinirvana, called Saga Dawa Düchen, and of the birth of the Buddha, called Tampei Düchen.

Important dates during Saga Dawa



May 8

Tara Day
May 15 and 30

Birth and Parinirvana of  Shakyamuni Buddha (Tampei Düchen)
May 15

Guru Rinpoche Day
May 17

Saga Dawa Full Moon (Saga Dawa Düchen)
May 23

Dakini Day
June 1

June 6


On the full moon of Saga Dawa (May 23), we will do lifesaving practice!

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