Lhabab Düchen is one of the four most important holy days of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism commemorating events in Lord Buddha’s life. Lhabab Düchen celebrates Lord Buddha’s descent from The God Realm of Thirty-Three back to earth.
Lord Buddha had gone to The God Realm of Thirty-Three to teach the Dharma to both his mother and to the gods living there. He spent several months teaching there to repay his mother for her kindness and liberate her from Samsara.
Lhabab Düchen is celebrated each year based on the lunar Tibetan calendar. This year it occurs on 10 November 2017.
On Lhabab Düchen, the karmic results of actions, both positive and negative, are multiplied 100 million times according to Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, citing the Vinaya text, The Treasure of Quotations and Logic. For this reason, it is recommended to engage in virtuous activities and keep a positive mind throughout the day.
Program at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for Lhabab Düchen on Fri 10 Nov 2017:
- 6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
- 1pm Set up extensive water bowls and light offerings
- 3pm Recitation of Vajra Cutter Sutra and Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha
- 7pm Make Light Offering followed by a Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
Offering of food, flowers are welcome at the puja.