Here’s a summary of our program. Follow the links for more details.
- Holy Days in the Mahayana calendar +More Details
Holy days commemorate significant events in Tibetan Buddhism. On the day, the effects of positive or negative actions (karma) are multiplied ten million times. It is part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day.
Each holy day begins at sunrise with precepts, vows to be virtuous for one day. Later in the day extensive offerings (water bowls, rice, flowers and lights) are prepared. In the evening a special puja is held. Other events are often scheduled such as the recitation of a sutra. Everyone is welcome to attend one or all of the events and to help prepare the offerings.
The four holy days celebrated in the Mahayana tradition are:
- Day of Miracles (Chotrul Düchen) – held in Feb/Mar
- Saka Dawa – held in May/Jun
- 1st Turning of the Wheel (Chokhor Düchen) – held in Jul/Aug
- Lhabab Düchen – held in Nov/Dec
- Animal Liberation +More Details
HBC regularly engages in the practice of purchasing animals due for slaughter and releasing them into a safe environment. Sheep, crayfish, crabs and a variety of other animals have all been the subject of this beautiful Buddhist practice. Dates and details are announced in our calendar or latest eNews. Read more about our Animal Liberation activities.
- Special Pujas (e.g. on New Year’s Eve)
- Retreats, Jenangs and Initiations
- Special Ceremonies (e.g. blessing of statues)
- Open House and Special Events
- Visiting Sangha
Hayagriva Buddhist Centre is also fortunate to host special events with visiting Lama’s and teachers. Check out our home page for details.