Lhabab Duchen is one of the four Buddhist festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha, according to Tibetan traditions. Lhabab Duchen occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth month on a Tibetan calendar. This is a Buddhist festival celebrated to observe the descent of Buddha from heaven back to earth. Buddha had left for heaven at the age of 41, having ascended to The Heaven of Thirty-Three (Trayastrimsa) in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in the desire realms and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. He was exhorted by his follower andrepresentative Maudgalyayana to return, and after a long debate managed to return. This is considered to be one of the eight great deeds of the Buddha. He returned to earth by a special triple ladder prepared by Viswakarma, the god of machines. On Lhabab Duchen, the karmic results are multiplied by ten million times. It is part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day, celebrating Buddha’s return to the human world and promoting Buddhism. On this very auspicious day,
Venerable Sonam Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Namsai from Barom Kagyu Sydney will be conducting prayers, praying for the health of His Holiness 17th Karmapa, removing obstacles for the upcoming new building project as well as the India and Nepal pilgrimage.
Students are most welcome to bring your family members and friends to join us for the celebration of Lhabab Duchen Festival and share the vegetarian lunch together.
On behalf of Venerable Sonam Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Namsai, we are looking forward to
meeting you in Sefton on this Friday, 10 November 2017.
The program is as follows:
5:30 am – 7:00 am – Eight Mahayana Precepts & Calling the Guru from Afar
7:00 am – 8:00 am – Tea Break
8:00 am – 10:00 am – 12 Deeds of Buddha Shakyamuni & 16 Arhats Prayer
10:00 am – 10:30 am – Tea Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm – Guru Rinpoche Prayer
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm – Vegetarian Lunch
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm – Guru Rinpoche Prayer
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Tea Break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Mahakala