Dharma Dates 2023

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JANUARY 2023

Outdoor statue of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava in Nepal at sunset.
SUNDAY JANUARY 1

Guru Rinpoche Day

Lunar 11th month 10th day

Guru Rinpoche Daka Tsog (Tsok)

Dorje Drollo on e of Guru Padmasambhava's manifestations.
SUNDAY JANUARY 1

Guru Dorje Drollo

Lunar 11th month 10th day

Anniversary of one of Guru Rinpoche's manifestations

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FRIDAY JANUARY 6

Medicine Buddha

Lunar 11th month 15th day

Full Moon — good for all practices especially Medicine Buddha and Green Tara

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SATURDAY JANUARY 7

Mahayana New Year

Lunar 11th month 16th day

Mahayana New Year is celebrated according to the Chinese Lunar

The 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini comprise a most concise but complete Highest Yoga Tantra practice.
TUESDAY JANUARY 17

ANNUAL Special Dakini Day

Lunar 11th month 25th day

Vajrayogini and Dakini Tsog (Tsok). The entire 11th month is sacred to Vajrayogini and the Dakinis. The Tsog date on the 25th Day is the most Holy of the Holy Days for Yoginis and Yogis of Vajrayogini!

Black Mahakala is the most iconic of the wrathful Enlightened Deities. He is a ferocious emanation of the Buddha of Compassion Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig.
FRIDAY JANUARY 20

Dharma Protector Day

Lunar 11th month 29th day

29th of Tibetan Lunar month is dedicated to Protector Pujas.

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SATURDAY JANUARY 21

New Moon

Lunar 11th month 30th day

New moon is good for all practices.

Happy Water Rabit New Year 2023 Chinese Lunar.
SUNDAY JANUARY 22

Chinese New Year!

Lunar 11th month 29th day

Lunar New Year of the Water Rabit

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).
FRIDAY JANUARY 29

Tara Puja Day

Lunar 12th month 8th day

Recommended by Lama Zopa for Tara Pujas. Also good for Medicine Buddha Pujas.

Heruka Chakrasamvara and Vajrayogini, the Highest Yoga Tantra meditational deities. Artwork by Laura Santi
TUESDAY JANUARY 31

ANNUAL HERUKA TSOG

Lunar 12th month 10th day

Guru Rinpoche Daka Tsog (Tsok). The entire 12th Month is sacred to Heruka Chakrasamvara and especially on the 10th Day which is monthly Daka Tsog.

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TUESDAY JANUARY 31

Guru Pema Gyalpo

Lunar 12th month 10th day

Anniversary of Guru Pema Gyalpo, one of the emanations of Guru Padmasambhava


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FEBRUARY 2023

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SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5

Medicine Buddha

Lunar 12th month 15th day

Full Moon — good for all practices especially Medicine Buddha and Green Tara

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15

Dakini Day

Lunar 12th month 25th day

Vajrayogini and Dakini Tsog (Tsok)

Buddha passed peacefully into paranirvana — with no fear.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15

Nirvana Day

Lunar 12th month 25th day

On the Chinese Calendar today is annual Nirvana Day.

Black Mahakala is the most iconic of the wrathful Enlightened Deities. He is a ferocious emanation of the Buddha of Compassion Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19

Dharma Protector Day

Lunar 12th month 29th day

29th of Tibetan Lunar month is dedicated to Protector Pujas.

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 20

New Moon

Lunar 12th month 30th day

New moon is good for all practices.

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 21

LOSAR — Tibetan Lunar New Year

Lunar 1st month 1st day

Tibetan LOSAR Lunar New Year which is the year 2150 in the Tibetan calendar. Due to differences in the lunar calendars the Tibetan calendar is almost 30 days later than the lunar New Year celebrated in some other areas.

FEBRUARY 2023

Buddha passed peacefully into paranirvana — with no fear.

15

Nirvana Day 

Lanterns carry the "wishes" of celebrators to the heavens. Nothing is more beautiful than the floating lanterns lifting into the night sky.

5

Lantern Festival

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

To Come

Tara Day

To Come

Daka Tsog and Guru RInpoche Padmasambhava Day

ANNUAL GURU RINPOCHE CELEBRATION

Buddha statue against a full moon.

5

Medicine Buddha and Full Moon

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To come

Dakini Tsog

MARCH 2023

Outdoor statue of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava in Nepal at sunset.

1

Padmasambhava Day Guru Rinpoche Daka Tsog (Tsok)

Buddha statue against a full moon.

6

Medicine Buddha Puja Day and Full Moon

Dakinis and wrathful deities are important higher tantra practices in Vajrayana, and are the most likely to be misunderstood. The profound symbolism of Buddhist Tantric Deities speaks the language of the mind as described by  great teachers, and notably by psychiatrist Carl Jung.

18

Dakini Tsog

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

29

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day (2nd in Gregorian calendar month)

2 - 8

Annual Grand Chakrasamvara Drubcho

Held annually from the 11th day of the eleventh lunar month for seven consecutive days. As with all Drubchos, elaborate sand mandalas and offerings are prepared by the Sangha.

APRIL 2023

Buddha teaching.

1

Lord Buddha’s First Teaching Day Choekhor Duchen

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

5

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day

Buddha-Weekly-Guru Rinpoche Statue head horizontal-Buddhism

7

Daka Tsog and Guru RInpoche Padmasambhava Day

Buddha statue against a full moon.

12

Medicine Buddha and full moon

13

Obon or Ancestor Day (Japanese)

The 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini comprise a most concise but complete Highest Yoga Tantra practice.

21

Dakini Tsog

Kshitigarbha has been saving sentient beings — including beings suffering in the "hell realms" — for countless years.

26

Birthday of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva

地藏王菩萨诞

Held annually on the 30th day of the 7th lunar month.

MAY 2023

Outdoor statue of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava in Nepal at sunset.

1

Padmasambhava Day Guru Rinpoche Daka Tsog (Tsok)

Buddha statue against a full moon.

6

Medicine Buddha Puja Day and Full Moon

Dakinis and wrathful deities are important higher tantra practices in Vajrayana, and are the most likely to be misunderstood. The profound symbolism of Buddhist Tantric Deities speaks the language of the mind as described by  great teachers, and notably by psychiatrist Carl Jung.

18

Dakini Tsog

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

29

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day (2nd in Gregorian calendar month)

2 - 8

Annual Grand Chakrasamvara Drubcho

Held annually from the 11th day of the eleventh lunar month for seven consecutive days. As with all Drubchos, elaborate sand mandalas and offerings are prepared by the Sangha.

JUNE 2023

Buddha teaching.

1

Lord Buddha’s First Teaching Day Choekhor Duchen

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

5

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day

Buddha-Weekly-Guru Rinpoche Statue head horizontal-Buddhism

7

Daka Tsog and Guru RInpoche Padmasambhava Day

Buddha statue against a full moon.

12

Medicine Buddha and full moon

13

Obon or Ancestor Day (Japanese)

The 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini comprise a most concise but complete Highest Yoga Tantra practice.

21

Dakini Tsog

Kshitigarbha has been saving sentient beings — including beings suffering in the "hell realms" — for countless years.

26

Birthday of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva

地藏王菩萨诞

Held annually on the 30th day of the 7th lunar month.

JULY 2023

Outdoor statue of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava in Nepal at sunset.

1

Padmasambhava Day Guru Rinpoche Daka Tsog (Tsok)

Buddha statue against a full moon.

6

Medicine Buddha Puja Day and Full Moon

Dakinis and wrathful deities are important higher tantra practices in Vajrayana, and are the most likely to be misunderstood. The profound symbolism of Buddhist Tantric Deities speaks the language of the mind as described by  great teachers, and notably by psychiatrist Carl Jung.

18

Dakini Tsog

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

29

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day (2nd in Gregorian calendar month)

2 - 8

Annual Grand Chakrasamvara Drubcho

Held annually from the 11th day of the eleventh lunar month for seven consecutive days. As with all Drubchos, elaborate sand mandalas and offerings are prepared by the Sangha.

AUGUST

Buddha teaching.

1

Lord Buddha’s First Teaching Day Choekhor Duchen

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

5

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day

Buddha-Weekly-Guru Rinpoche Statue head horizontal-Buddhism

7

Daka Tsog and Guru RInpoche Padmasambhava Day

Buddha statue against a full moon.

12

Medicine Buddha and full moon

13

Obon or Ancestor Day (Japanese)

The 11 Yogas of Vajrayogini comprise a most concise but complete Highest Yoga Tantra practice.

21

Dakini Tsog

Kshitigarbha has been saving sentient beings — including beings suffering in the "hell realms" — for countless years.

26

Birthday of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva

地藏王菩萨诞

Held annually on the 30th day of the 7th lunar month.

SEPTEMBER

Vajrakilaya close up in his wrathful form with three faces blue, whuite and red.

6 - 16

Annual Grand Vajrakilaya Drubcho 

Held annually from the 11th day of the 7th lunar month for eleven consecutive days. During this Drubcho, in the Sakya lineage select monks are graded individually on their performances as chant masters leading the Vajrakilaya Drubcho.

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

4

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day

Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava.

5

Daka Tsog and Guru RInpoche Padmasambhava Day

His Holiness the Sakya Trizin often offers initiation in Black Manjushri.

7

His Holiness Sakya Trichen’s 77th Birthday

Buddha statue against a full moon.

10

Medicine Buddha and Full Moon

Vajrayogini is the Sarvabuddhadakini of the Dakinis.

20

Dakini Tsog

OCTOBER

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

3

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day

5

Daka Tsog and Guru RInpoche Padmasambhava Day

Buddha statue against a full moon.

9

Medicine Buddha and full moon

Vajrayogini meditational devotional satue.

20

Dakini Tsog

Solar Eclipse

25

Solar Eclipse (auspicious for practice)

Guanyin Bodhisattva — Kuan Yin or Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig — is synonomous with Metta (loving kindness) and Karuna (compassion.)

24

Guan Yin Renunciation Day

观音诞

Held annually on the 19th day of the 9th Lunar Month.

NOVEMBER

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

1

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day

3

Daka Tsog and Guru RInpoche Padmasambhava Day

Buddha statue against a full moon.

8

Medicine Buddha and Full Moon

Buddha descends from Tushita heaven, one of the Eight Great Deeds of the Buddha — celebrated on Lhabab Duchen.

15

Lord Buddha’s Descent from God Realm Day (Tibetan)

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18

Dakini Tsog

6 - 13

Annual Grand Hevajra Drubcho 

Held annually from the 13th of 9th lunar month for eight consecutive days. As with all Drubchos, elaborate sand mandalas and offerings are prepared by the Sangha (Sakya Lineage).

DECEMBER

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).

1

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day

Guru RInpoche, the second Buddha.

3

Daka Tsog and Padmasambhava Day

Buddha statue against a full moon.

7

Medicine Buddha and Full Moon

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18

Dakini Tsog and Lama Tsongkhapa Day 

A beautiful devotional practice is to pain your own statues. This beautiful "thanka painted" statue of Chittamani Tara started out as an unpainted bronze. Buddha Weekly's volunteer art director Kam Yu, as a devotional practice to Tara, beautifully painted and decorated a Chittamni Tara statue after filling with mantras and blessings. This is one of the most beautiful practices of devotion. He painted the flowers blue, and jewelry in gold foil. The body is matte varnished while the silk clothing with elaborate designs painted on, are glossy. As a final touch he added Turquoise and coral gems.

30

Tara Puja Day and Medicine Buddha Puja Day(2nd in Gregorian calendar month)

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