Today, 4 June 2012, is “Saga Dawa Düchen”, the full moon day on which the birth, enlightenment and passing into Parinirvana of the Buddha is celebrated in Tibetan Buddhism.
“Saga Dawa Düchen” is the single most important holiday in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. “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.
Saga means “million”; Dawa means “moon”, so this denotes the “million multiplier”’ month. All our activities, whether positive or negative, in each 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 actions are multiplied 10 million times.
This year is a particularly important one for the development of Buddhism in the UK, as our project buy a new London Buddhist Centre and headquarters for our UK Charity nears its fruition. We have no doubt that the success of this project will bring not only an enormous positive contribution to the local community in Lambeth, and to London as a whole, but bring a new dimension to the UK’s Buddhist landscape. We encourage everybody to especially make wishes at this critical time for the success of the project!