Day of Miracles
Monday 22 February 2016
Also known as Chötrul Düchen this is one of the four important holy days of the Mahayana calendar. Significantly the karmic effect of positive (and negative) actions are magnified 100 million times on these holy days so practitioners try to be virtuous and keep their minds positive.
Read more about why this day is special
At the age of 40, the Buddha was challenged to a competition of miracles by six great Hindu teachers, representing the six schools of Hinduism existing at the time. Buddha accepted the challenge because he saw that many would be benefited and achieve the state of an arhat, and that people in the future would be inspired to practice.
He performed miracle after miracle during the first fortnight of the lunar New Year. The rival teachers were immediately eclipsed. On the fifteenth day Buddha enabled all beings to see the six realms with many immediately converting to Buddhism. This day marks that event.
- 5:30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
- 2:00pm Set up extensive water bowls and light offerings
- 7:30pm Light offerings and Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
By donation. Offering of food, flowers welcome.