Lhabab Duchen 2017
November 10, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Lhabab Düchen is one of the four Buddhist festivals commemorating four events in the life of the Buddha, according to Tibetan traditions. Lhabab Düchen occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth lunar month according to Tibetan calendar. (That falls on Friday, November 10th in 2017)
Lhabab Düchen celebrates Buddha’s descent from The Heaven of Thirty-Three back to earth. Buddha had left for The Heaven Of Thirty-Three (Trayastrimsa) at the age of 41, in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in that desire realm, and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. He was exhorted by his follower and representative Maudgalyayana to return, and after a long debate and under a Full Moon agreed to return. He returned to earth a week later by a special triple ladder prepared by Viswakarma, the god of machines. This event is considered to be one of the eight great deeds of the Buddha.
On Lhabab Düchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. It is part of Tibetan Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day.
To celebrate Lhabab Düchen we will recite the prayers of Buddha Shakyamuni (depicted above) and practice Guru Yoga, reciting prayers for Sangye Tenzin Rinpoche (shown left), the root guru of Khenpo Karten Rinpoche. Rinpoche will provide us with copies of the prayers and guide us in this ceremony. Donations are welcome, but there is no fee for this practice. We hope to see you there!
Source for above information: Wikipedia
Photo of Altar and Texts from Ceremony: