Today is “Saga Dawa Düchen”, the full moon day in May on which the birth, enlightenment and passing into Parinirvana of the Buddha is celebrated in Tibetan Buddhism.
“Saga Dawa” is the entire fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, which usually begins in May and ends in June. The seventh day of Saga Dawa is the date of the historical Buddha’s birth. However, the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and entry into Parinirvana at his death are observed together on the 15th day of Saga Dawa, called Saga Dawa Düchen. This is the single most important holiday in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
Saga means “million”; Dawa means “moon”, so the “million multiplier”’ month is what it denotes. For all our activities, positive or negative, in each and every day of this auspicious month will be multiplied a million times. “Düchen” means “great occasion”, and it is said that on this day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times.
All around the UK, our Diamond Way Buddhist centres and groups will be using this auspicious occasion to accumulate many repetitions of Green Tara’s mantra to remove obstacles to dharma activity and make strong wishes for the success of the New London Buddhist Centre project, which we hope will come to fruition soon. Everyone is welcome to join us. The mantra accumulation will start after our regular evening meditation sessions.
Green Tara’s mantra is: