Saga Dawa is the most significant “merit multiplying month ” for Vajrayana Practitioners and Tibetan Buddhism in general.
In Tibetan, “Dawa” refers to the whole “month” and “Saga” is the name of a star in the sky which appears especially brighter during the fourth lunar month. Saga Dawa begins on 16 May and ends on 14 June in 2018.
Any positive actions like doing month long retreats, meditation, making lamp offerings, prostrations, animal liberation, the six paramitas or any other form of virtuous Dharma activities made by the body ,speech and mind during this whole month will be multipled 100,000 times. In the same way, any unwholesome or negative activities will also be multipled 100,000 times.
Lord Buddha was born on Saga Dawa and the 15th day of the full moon also commemorates his birth, parinirvana and enlightenment. That is why it is very important that we do good practice during this time to strengthen our faith and commitments on the path by remembering all the qualities of Lord Buddha .
So everyone please do create more positive & auspicious actions and avoid the ten non virtuous actions during this period of Saga Dawa. The ten non virtuous actions are as follows: Three harmful physical actions such as killing, stealing and sexual misconduct; non virtues from speech such as lies, divisive speech, harsh speech and meaningless talk. Lastly the negativities created through the mind through covetousness, malice and distorted philosophies.