Friday, October 29, 2010

Lhabap Duchen At KTC Monastery

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2010 - 8:30 am

Duration: 7 Hours

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October 30, 2010 (Saturday)*

Please join us in celebration of this auspicious event when the Buddha Shakyamuni descended from the heavenly realm of Tushita back to the human realm after teaching his mother.

*Please note: Lhabap Duchen falls on Friday, October 29th. However, in order to enable as many Sangha members and friends to participate, we have scheduled the activities involved in honoring this auspicious day to occur on Saturday, October 30th.

8:30 am Tong Chö

A traditional Tong Chö of 1,000 butter lamps, 1,000 bowls of saffron water and 300 bowls filled with rice, incense and flowers is offered weekly, accompanied by chanting of the Chenrezi practice.

9:30 am Monlam Choga, followed by the Short Shitro Practice

Chanting of the Monlam Choga (Prayers of Auspiciousness), a practice of offering and aspiration prayers compiled by Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche. This is followed by the short liturgy of Shitro (Peaceful and Wrathful Deities), a profound practice from the cycle of teachings and meditations of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. We dedicate this practice to the deceased in order to purify negativities, avert obstacles in the bardo, and establish a connection with the deities that will ripen in future lives.

Noon Pot Luck Lunch

Following the chanting, please join us for a Pot Luck luncheon. Bring your favorite dish to share, and spend the afternoon with your friends and fellow Dharma practitioners! Please be sure all food is strictly vegetarian and without garlic, in keeping with the monastery’s guidelines.

Upon arrival at KTC, please bring your pot luck meal directly upstairs to the shrine room where all food will be blessed during the chanting. After the chanting is finished, please bring your dish downstairs to the dining room where we can enjoy all the delicacies.

1:00 pm Shakyamuni Buddha Guru Yoga and The Twelve Deeds of the Buddha

In commemoration of Lhabap Duchen, these practices and prayers will be chanted. (English transliterations available).

We'll need a head count for advance planning the Pot Luck, so please RSVP reservations