Buddha Day – Chotrul Duchen

Buddha Days at Kagyu LingThe first of the four Buddha Days of 2022 falls on Friday 18 March.

This marks the end of the fifteen days of Chotrul Duchen when Shakyamuni Buddha used miraculous powers to subdue six contemporary spiritual teachers (tirthikas) and to inspire faith in his own followers.

The 16 Arhats sadhana will be practised at Kagyu Ling Buddhist Centre, Manchester, at 8pm on Friday 18 March. People can also join on zoom: Buddha Day.

Anyone who has taken refuge is welcome to sit in during the 16 Arhats puja.

The 16 Arhats were realised disciples of the Buddha who made a particular vow to preserve and protect his teaching.

Buddha Days

The Tibetan Buddhist calendar has four main days in the year which commemorate events in the life of the Buddha. It is said that the merit from dharma practice done on these days is multiplied many millions of times.

The 16 Arhats puja is practised at Kagyu Ling on each Buddha Day and details of the times and dates will be provided here.

The other three Buddha Days are:

Saga Dawa Duchen: this commemorates both the enlightenment and parinirvana of the Buddha. It takes place on the full moon day of the 4th Tibetan month, which is called Saga Dawa – mid-May in the western calendar.

Chokor Duchen: literally the ‘turning of the dharma wheel’, this marks the first teaching given by the Buddha, in the deer park at Sarnath. It falls on the 4th day of the 6th Tibetan month – in July or August.

Lhabab Duchen: the ‘descent from the gods’, this commemorates Shakyamuni Buddha’s return to this world from the realm of the Thirty-Three Gods, after teaching dharma for several months to the gods there, including his mother, Mayadevi, who had died a week after Buddha’s birth and been reborn there. It falls on the 22nd day of the 9th Tibetan month – in October or November.

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