Today is Zamling Chisang: Universal Prayer Day — “Purification Day” — celebrating Guru Rinpoche’s liberation of local deities

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    Padmasambhava, the Lotus Born Guru Rinpoche.

    Zamling Chisang, Universal Prayer Day — or Incense Day, referring to the clouds of sage incense burned — celebrates an important act of Padmasambhava. Guru Rinpoche liberated, converted or tamed the local deities in Tibet. This is also representative of his freeing of all Tibetans, and of the teachings he brought us that we still treasure all around the world.


    Today, then, is the day of “purification.” This is the day that Tibetans string endless rolls of colourful prayer flags on trees. They also build bonfires for offerings — similar to a fire puja. [See picture below.] Offerings such as butter might also be offered to the flames.

    Whether you view the “taming”  as symbolic — the calming of your own restless “mind” demons — or as a supernatural event, either way, it is celebrated with copious clouds of sage incense, especially at Samye Monastery.

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    Clouds of sage incense on Incense Day or Prayer Day.


    For those who hold the Precious Master Guru Rinpoche as important, this is a key celebration of his Enlightened activities. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the fifth Lunar month, today July 16, 2019.

    The most important Dharma actions today would include:

    • Burning as much incense as possible, and especially sage if you have it.
    • Hanging prayer flags from trees (Prayer flags have mantras which symbollically are carried on the wind to benefit all sentient beings.)
    • Purification practices, prayers and meditations.
    • Prayers, Pujas and your own offerings, such as tea offerings, to the Protectors.
    • Guru Rinpoche prayers or meditations.

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    Lee Kane

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    Lee Kane is the editor of Buddha Weekly, since 2007. His main focuses as a writer are mindfulness techniques, meditation, Dharma and Sutra commentaries, Buddhist practices, international perspectives and traditions, Vajrayana, Mahayana, Zen. He also covers various events.
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