Tsog (Tsok) dates in 2020: 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.

  • [All 2020 Tsog dates as a list below.]
  • 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.

 

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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

 

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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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