Marpa Lotsawa & Milarepa Anniversary & Chotrul Duchen Festival – Sunday, 12th March 2017 – Barom Kagyu Sydney

Barom Kagyu Sydney will be celebrating the Anniversary of Marpa Lotsawa & Milarepa  as well as the Chotrul Duchen Festival on this Sunday, 12th March 2017.

For all the Buddhists, especially for the Kagyu Lineage, Marpa Lotsawa and Milarepa are the foremost forefathers of our tradition.

Marpa Lotsawa (1012 – 1097), a Tibetan farmer, made 3 perilous trips to India to learn Dharma from his guru Naropa.  The first Tibetan Kagyupa master, he is credited with the transmission to Tibet from India of many Vajrayana and Mahamudra teachings.

Jetsun Milarepa (1040-1123), the greatest yogi of Tibet, despite having committed evil acts in his early years, attained enlightenment in one lifetime by practicing diligently enduring much hardship, under his guru Marpa Lotsawa.
12th March 2017, Chotrul Duchen Festival, the full moon day that marks the end of the 15 days of the Miracle, is one of the four Buddhist festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha, according to Tibetan tradition.  Chotrul Duchen closely follows Losar, the Tibtan New Year.  It takes place on the fifteen day of the first month in the Tibetan calendar during the full moon, which is called Bumgyur Dawa.  The first fifteen days of the year celebrate the fifteen days during which the historical Buddha Shakyamuni displayed miracle for his disciples so as to increase their devotions.

To commemorate the occasion, Tibetan make lamps, traditionally of Yak butter, called butter lamps, in the shapes of flowers, trees, birds, and other auspicious symbols.  All the lanterns are lit in celebration on the fifteenth day of the month.

Venue:  50B Woods Road, Sefton NSW 2162
The program is as follows:

10:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                 Sixeen Arhats Prayer

                                                                               Buddha Shakyamuni Mantra 

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm                                                  Calling the Guru Prayer


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm                                                   Lamp Lighting Ceremony

In honour of the full moon of the Month of the Buddha’s Miracle, Chotrul Duchen, the Buddha displayed miracles, we will be meeting in Sefton for Marpa Lotsawa and Milarepa Anniversary.  On this very auspicious day, your merit will be multiple by 10 million times, which happens only 4 times per year.


Both Venerable Sonam Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Namsai are currently working in Kuala Lumpur, engaged in preparation for the Grand Opening Ceremony for Barom Kagyu Malaysia which will also be held on this Sunday.  Both Sonam Rinpoche and Lama Namsai wish all of the Dharma students in Sydney have a wonderful Chotrul Duchen Festival, they will continue to pray for all of you for happiness, excellent health and long life.