Month of Saka Dawa, some of the events

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Sent: Friday, May 19, 2006 9:43 PM
Subject: NPDC SAKA DAWA

SAKA DAWA – NYINGMA PALYUL DHARMA CENTER (NPDC), 121 Bowery, 3rd Floor
just South of Grand Street.

Please note that from June 3 through June 11 the Nyingma Palyul Dharma
Center will be open *everyday* and that the following daily schedule
will be observed. All practice sessions are free and open to the
public.
Donations in any amount are gratefully accepted.

DAILY SCHEDULE – June 3, Saturday, through June 11, Sunday
10am – Noon: Riwo Sang Cho, Tara Sadhana, and Vajrakilaya Sadhana
7pm – 9pm: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana, and Shower of Blessings

* In addition, on the following special days these specific practices
willbe observed:

BIRTH OF BUDDHA SHAKYAMUNI – June 3, Saturday
10am – Noon: Riwo Sang Cho, Tara Sadhana, and Vajrakilaya Sadhana
2pm – 4pm: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana, and Shower of Blessings
7pm – 9pm:Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana, and Shower of Blessings

GURU RINPOCHE DAY – June 6, Tuesday
10am – Noon: Riwo Sang Cho, Tara Sadhana, and Vajrakilaya Sadhana
2pm – 4pm: Rigdzin Düpa Tsog Offering
7pm – 9pm: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana, and Shower of Blessings

SAKA DAWA DUCHEN – June 11, Sunday
10am – Noon: Riwo Sang Cho, Tara Sadhana, and Vajrakilaya Sadhana
2pm – 4pm: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana, and Shower of Blessings
7pm – 9pm: Buddha Shakyamuni Sadhana, and Shower of Blessings

Saka Dawa commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and mahaparinirvana
of Buddha Shakyamuni. It is one of the most sacred and auspicious times
inthe Buddhist calendar.

Over 2,500 years ago the Buddha took birth in Lumbini (current-day
Nepal) as a Prince of the Shakya clan. At the age of thirty-six the
Buddha achieved enlightenment in Bodhgaya, India. And at the age of
eighty-one the Buddha “passed away” in Kushinagar, India, entering into
mahaparinirvana. These three profoundly significant events are
collectively commemorated during the 4th month of the Tibetan calendar,
which is known as Saka Dawa.

All merit for virtuous acts performed during the month of Saka Dawa is
multiplied one million times. And it is especially meritorious for one
to practice on Saka Dawa Düchen, (the 15th day of this month, which
falls on June 11, 2006), because this is the anniversary of the actual
date that Buddha Shakyamuni attained enlightenment, as well as being
the date that the Buddha entered into mahaparinirvana. The results of
meritorious actions performed on Saka Dawa Düchen are multiplied 10
million times.

Each year during this sacred and auspicious season an extensive series
of practices based upon the original teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha are
performed at Namdroling monastery, located in Byalakuppe, South
India,which is the main seat of HH Penor Rinpoche. This series of
practices, wherein the blessings of a multitude of deities are summoned
and invoked for the benefit of all sentient beings, is referred to as
Kama Drupchod.

In a similar manner, a series of special sadhanas appropriate for Saka
Dawa will be simultaneously performed at the Nyingma Palyul Dharma
Center in Chinatown, New York, where we are pleased and very fortunate
to welcome Dorje Lopön Lama Sochuk who will lead the sangha at all of
these practice sessions.

Because of the special nature of these days of remembrance and
reflection upon the life and teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, throughout
this period practitioners are strongly encouraged to take the eight
precepts vows and to observe a vegetarian diet.

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Losar at NPDC in New York City

Starting at about 10:00AM we started welcoming New Year of Fire Dog with 3 recitations of 8 Noble Auspicious Ones and Guru Rinpoche Vajra Seven Line Prayer. Following with The Blessing Treasure, A Liturgy of the Buddha by Ju Mipham Rinpoche, Riwo Sangcho -the smoke offering. After which we all offered katas to the image of Kyabje Penor Rinpoche. Then in good cheer we had New Year’s tea and rice. After a short break we went on with Shower of Blessings a Tsog offering. Khenpo Tenzin Norgey and Lama Wangchuk lead all the ceremonies and chants.

Khenpo Norgey out of great kindness answered many questions all in very good spirits, encouraging us in our practice, without his presence we are unlikely to have had such a successful event as we did.

After completing all the ceremonies many people went to see a Thangka exhibit 2 blocks away and had a Tea break at a local Tea House on Mott Street.