Dharma Dates 2022

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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

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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 2022

Buddha Weekly Monthly Dharma Dates

As part of our mission to Spread the Dharma, we've tried to publicize important Dharma practice dates across all the traditions — Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana over the last ten years. We've diligently attempted to convert all lunar dates to western calendar dates for ease-of-use. Lunar calendars can be confusing — especially since there are three systems: lunisiderial, lunisolar, and pure lunar.

Chittamani Tara's face, a detail from a painting by Jampay Dorje (Ben Christian).
SUNDAY SEPT 4

Tara Puja Day

Lunar 7th month 8th Day

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

Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava.
MONDAY SEPT 5

Guru Rinpoche Day

Lunar 7th month 10th Day

NOTE: The 9th Day is absent in this lunar month per Tibetan astrology.

His Holiness the Sakya Trizin often offers initiation in Black Manjushri.
MONDAY SEPT 7

His Holiness Sakya Trichen's Birthday

Lunar 7th month 12th Day

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and long life wishes to His Holiness. May he live long. May all beings benefit.

Buddha statue against a full moon.
SUNDAY SEPT 10

Medicine Buddha

Lunar 7th month 15th Day

Full moon recommended for all practices, and especially Medicine Buddha and Tara.

September 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.

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TUESDAY SEPT 20

Dakini Day

Lunar 7th month 25th Day

Dakini Tsog (Tsok)

Black Mahakala is the most iconic of the wrathful Enlightened Deities. He is a ferocious emanation of the Buddha of Compassion Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Dharma Protector Day

Lunar 7th month 29th Day

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

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SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30

New Moon

Lunar 7th month 30th Day

New moon is good for all practices.

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)

JANUARY 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.

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

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