Sunday, January 22, 2023
The 12th lunar, Heruka’s special month, in 2022-3 on the solar western calendar is from January 22 to February 20th, 2023, and his special annual day is on the 10th day (of the 12th lunar month): January 31, 2023. Heruka Month begins on Chinese New Year!
Each year, Vajrayana Buddhists honor and celebrate the highest manifestations of Wisdom and Compassion in the 11th and 12th Lunar months — and especially on the Tsog feast offering days on the waning and waxing moons in those special months. These two annual Tsog Offerings are considered “Special” and auspicious and are mandatory in many lineages for Higher Yoga practitioners — the time we purify all the negativities from our past. This is a critical practice before moving into the Tibetan New Year, Losar, which falls on February 21, 2023. (Many days after Chinese New Year, due to the different lunar systems.)
The 11th month is sacred to Vajrayogini — the Blissful Mother of Wisdom — and the 12th month to Heruka — the Compassionate Hero.
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