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Lord Buddha's Descent from Heaven of the 33
Tuesday, 15. November 2022
Lhabab Duchen
Lord Buddha's Descent from Heaven of 33

Lhabab Duchen – Lord Buddha's Descent Back to Earth from the Heaven of 33
(Holy Day: Nov. 15, 2022)

Buddha's Descent
Buddha's Descent to Earth after Teaching His Mother, Mayadevi

During four important times each year, according to the Tibetan calendar, Root Institute for Wisdom Culture organises a celebration of the most significant events in Lord Shakyamuni Buddha's life, which we call our Festival of Lights & Merit. We offer prayer flags, lights, flowers and 3 pujas by monks on behalf of all sentient beings and our beloved sponsors in and around the Holy Site of Buddha's enlightenment, the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya.

Lhabab Duchen celebrates Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s return to Earth on the insistence of His main disciples, from the God Realm of the Thirty-Three. That is where Buddha taught Dharma for several months to the gods, especially his mother, Mayadevi, who had died a week after Buddha’s birth and been reborn there. Lord Buddha wanted to remember and repay the kindness of His birth mother. As a merit multiplying day, the karmic results of actions done on this day are multiplied 100 million times. This amazing result is taught in the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. It is auspicious to perform meritorious activities on this specific day (merit-multiplying day

Guidelines of behaviour in a Dharma environment

Root Institute is a delightful, semi-monastic meditation centre.

To maintain a conducive, spiritually harmonious atmosphere for inner reflection and meditation, we kindly ask all our students, guests and visitors to observe the following guidelines:

  • Respect all life: do not intentionally kill any living being, even small insects.

  • Respect others' property: do not steal or take anything not freely given.

  • Be honest and straightforward: do not lie or intentionally deceive others.

  • Be celibate: no sexual activity; this also includes no romantic holding hands, hugging, massages and other physical displays of affection.

  • Be alert and mindful*: avoid intoxicants such as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes; we encourage you to stop smoking while here, but if this is impossible, you can smoke outside the gates.

  • Be considerate of others' silence: keep silence in the appropriate areas and at all times during residential courses, especially in the meditation hall (gompa) and dormitories; no singing or playing music and, in general, maintain a quiet demeanour while on the property.

  • Be considerate of the monks and nuns: dress respectfully; please no shorts above the knee, tank-top shirts, or tight and revealing clothing.

  • Couples: can stay in the same room for two weeks or less under the celibacy policy.

Please be aware:

  • * The Bihar state government has passed laws totally prohibiting the sale and consumption of alcohol in the state, with very severe penalties! Please ensure that you do not carry any alcohol with you in Bihar.

  • Also, please note that those in service or teaching in FPMT centers and projects do not engage in the practice of Shugden and, due to our commitment to following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's advice and supporting his work, we do not share our materials and facilities with those who knowingly continue to practice Shugden against his advice.