Tsog (Tsok) dates in 2021: quick reference with dates — the blissful feast

“The very highest meaning of tsog is to join method and wisdom. The real meaning of experiencing tsog is the transcendental wisdom, non dual great bliss – the wisdom of emptiness, the non-duality of that, and uniting these two. That is the very essence of tsog. It is the offering of that experience, oneself experiencing it, the male and female heroes and heroines, of which the essence is the guru deity, and oneself also experiencing that, as the guru deity. The real meaning of tsog is integrating method and wisdom, the transcendental wisdom, non-dual bliss and voidness (this is the secret meaning).” [1]

Tsog is celebrated twice each lunar month: on the 10th day of the lunar month for DAKA Tsog and Padmasambhava Day, and 25th of each lunar month for DAKINI DAY.

Dates in 2021 (converted from lunar calendar)

 

MONTH

DAKINI TSOG

DAKA TSOG/GURU RINPOCHE

TARA DAYS

MEDICINE BUDDHA DAY

January

January 8, 2021

January 23, 2021

February

February 6, 2021

February 22, 2021

February 19, 2021

February 27, 2021

March

March 8, 2021

March 23, 2021

March 21, 2021

March 28, 2021

April

April 6, 2021

April 22, 2021

April 20, 2021

April 27, 2021

May

May 6, 2021

May 21, 2021

May 20, 2021

May 26, 2021

June

June 5, 2021

June 20, 2021

June 18, 2021

June 24, 2021

July

July 4, 2021

July 19, 2021

July 17, 2021

July 24, 2021

August

August 3, 2021

August 17, 2021

August 16, 2021

August 22, 2021

September

September 1, 2021

September 16, 2021

September 14, 2021

September 20, 2021

October

October 1, 2021

October 15, 2021

October 13, 2021

October 20, 2021

November

November 14, 2021

November 29, 2021

November 12, 2021

November 19, 2021

December

December 13, 2013

December 29, 2021

December 11, 2021

December 18, 2021

 

 

Tsog (Tsok) Dates on Western calendar 2020

MONTHDAKIKI TSOGDAKA TSOG/Padmasambhava Day
JanuaryJanuary 19, 2020January 5, 2020
FebruaryFebruary 18, 2020February 4, 2020
MarchMarch 18, 2020March 4, 2020
AprilApril 17, 2020April 3, 2020
MayMay 17, 2020May 3, 2020
JuneJune 15, 2020June 1, 2020; June 30, 2020
JulyJuly 15, 2020July 29, 2020
AugustAugust 14, 2020August 28, 2020
SeptemberSeptember 12, 2020September 28, 2020
OctoberOctober 12, 2020October 26, 2020
NovemberNovember 10, 2020November 24, 2020
DecemberDecember 10, 2020December 24, 2020
  • NOTE: adjusted to Eastern Standard Time.

Purify negative karmas and renews Samaya

Usually, anyone can attend public Tsog or make offerings to the Dakas and Dakinis on these auspicious days: the 10th and 25th days of each lunar month. Making offerings is always meritorious.

Tsog is a practice commitment for many Higher Yogic practitioners. Practicing the Tsog twice a month renews our Samaya (vows) and purifies our negative karmas. The food is first blessed, transforming the offering from “mundane” to suitable visualized offerings of “uncontaminated nectar.” This is then offered, one by one, to the Yidams, Guru, Dakinis and Protectors, Three Jewels, and all beings of the six realms:

HO! In order to please this assembly of the root and lineage gurus, the Yidams, the Three Jewels, and the ocean of dakinis and oath-bound protectors, together with the beings of the six realms who have been my mothers, I present this blessed offering of inseparable bliss and void.

After the offering, the practice is dedicated:

Having joyfully received this, may all degenerated vows be renewed. Please lead us quickly to the pure land of the dakinis, and having quickly caused a great rain of supreme and common accomplishments to fall, may all the obscuring false appearances of all motherly beings be effortlessly purified this very moment.

 

Twice a month, many Tibetan Buddhists — and all practitioners with Higher Tantric commitments — make Tsog offerings. Usually, this is a gathering of the sangha (although remote practitioners might practice alone, and visualize the gathering). In turn, the Tsog offerings are offering to the root and lineage gurus, the yidams, the Three Jewels, the ocean of Dakinis and oath-bound protectors, and all beings of the six realms.

 

Tsog at night

Tsog is nearly always at night time. From the Heruka Root Tantra it is explained — night is symbolically when Dakas and Dakinis are more active:

Offering extensive food and drink
Always do at night time – why?
Because it is admired to do at nighttime
Always wander at nighttime and always gather at nighttime.

From the Heruka Root Tantra:

Quickly attempt to make offerings
Every waxing and waning of each month do tsog.

Tsog Purpose

The Heruka Root Tantra explains the purpose of Tsog offering, which is to remove obstacles and hardships:

The waxing and waning of each month
If good tsog is offered
Then one has no hardships, no difficulties
And one goes to the pure land of Tharpo Kachoe

Tsog (Tsok) Dates on Western calendar 2020

MONTHDAKIKI TSOGDAKA TSOG/Padmasambhava Day
JanuaryJanuary 19, 2020January 5, 2020
FebruaryFebruary 18, 2020February 4, 2020
MarchMarch 18, 2020March 4, 2020
AprilApril 17, 2020April 3, 2020
MayMay 17, 2020May 3, 2020
JuneJune 15, 2020June 1, 2020; June 30, 2020
JulyJuly 15, 2020July 29, 2020
AugustAugust 14, 2020August 28, 2020
SeptemberSeptember 12, 2020September 28, 2020
OctoberOctober 12, 2020October 26, 2020
NovemberNovember 10, 2020November 24, 2020
DecemberDecember 10, 2020December 24, 2020
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