Thursday, 1 November 2012

Lha Bab Düchen

Buddha's descent from heaven 

Tuesday 6 November

Lha Bab Düchen is one of the four Great Festivals that are related to the life of Buddha Shakyamuni. On these days, it is sad that the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 10 million times.  It occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth Tibetan month.

Buddha’s mother Mayadevi was reborn in Indra’s heaven. To repay her kindness and to liberate her, and also to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teachings in the realm of the gods. When he was about to return to this world, Indra and Brahma manifested three stairs of 80,000 yojanas each reaching this world in Sankisa. As the Buddha walked down the central one, they accompanied him to his left and right carrying umbrellas to honor him. He descended to earth in Sankisa, which is located in modern Uttar Pradesh, and which is counted among the eight holy places.

The day is celebrated in Rigpa centres around the world. To find a centre closest to you, click here.

Courtesy of Rigpa Shedra Wiki

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