Lhabab Duchen is one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, which commemorates the Buddha’s descent from the God Realm of the Thirty-Three, after teaching Dharma for several months to the gods, including his mother, Mayadevi, who had died a week after the Buddha’s birth and been reborn there. Any actions done on this day, both auspicious and harmful, are magnified in their power. Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
It is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study.
On this auspicious day, we will hold a precepts ceremony, recitation of the Golden Light Sutra, and a Shakyamuni Buddha Meditation.