Happy Saga Dawa Düchen!
Tara Mandala extend wishes to all for a wonderful Saga Dawa Düchen, the full moon of the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. This full moon is the most sacred day of the year in the Tibetan calendar occurring today, Tuesday, May 29. It commemorates the enlightenment and parinirvana (death) of the Buddha.
On this day it is believed that the effects of our positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. The whole month is known as “month of merits,” an important time to accumulate good karma through three meritorious activities: generosity, morality, or meditation. This year Tara Mandala will be offering Butter Lamps and prayer requests on Wednesday, June 13, during our Green Tara practice. This is also the final day of Saga Dawa. Please join us in your practice and offerings, your prayers accompanying Butter Lamps will be read during our practices throughout this time period. To offer Butter Lamps, please click on the Sponsorship link below.
May we reflect upon the traditions of Saga Dawa Düchen by engaging in generosity and meritorious deeds. The most well-known tradition that we can practice is Sojin, or Life Release, which is to save lives of animals that are destined to be killed. By purchasing animals such as fish, worms or crickets and releasing them back into their natural habitat, we can reduce the loss of lives, and this act can be strengthened with prayers, positive aspirations and dedication of merit to bring about positive effects and even extension of the lives of both the benefactor and practitioner.
At the heart of this gesture is simply acknowledging the preciousness of life. This can also be exemplified through observing a vegetarian or vegan diet, which is a common tradition during the month of Saga Dawa. One can cultivate great merit through this aspiration, while one can create an even larger quantity of merit when adopting an extended vow of vegetarianism.
At Tara Mandala our ongoing commitments to the Dharma are made possible by the extremely generous donations from our many benefactors around the world. To all these people we remain in eternal gratitude, and this cumulative generosity allows us to provide for a spiritually enriching environment where deep personal and communal transformation takes place, harmonizing with our mission to nurture the growth of genuine Dharma in the west. The Tara Mandala community itself wholeheartedly cultivates outward offerings with daily pujas for anybody who is in need of prayers, including special practices for those who have died. If you would like to make a prayer request or offer a general donation towards Tara Mandala’s Dharma activities, please click here on the image below:
May all our motivations and activities remain truly inspirational and infinitely loving for the benefit of all beings.
~ With Blessings, The Tara Mandala Family