Spiritual programme

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

Lhabab Duchen – Lord Buddha's Descent Back to Earth from the Heaven of the Thirty-Three
(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

General information about the spiritual programme

The span of our spiritual programme is approximately six months – the last few months of one year and the early months of the next – during the cooler season in Bodhgaya.

On the appropriate dates in the Tibetan calendar year-round, however, we observe the standard pujas of the Gelug tradition and these are drop-in sessions which anyone can attend. If you are in Bodhgaya and would like to come along, please feel welcome to join us for:

  • Tara Puja
  • Medicine Buddha Puja
  • Guru Puja with Tsog
  • Protector Puja.

Unless otherwise indicated, registration is required for all events except:

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