Lama Tsongkhapa Day 2016
This coming Lama Tsongkhapa Day on 23 December 2016 (Friday), join us for an evening of auspicious prayer and fellowship in Kechara Forest Retreat.
Lama Tsongkhapa Day or Ganden Ngamchoe is celebrated to commemorate the parinirvana and Enlightenment of Lama Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. It is an excellent day to engage in virtuous activities as all merit accumulated on this day is multiplied 100,000 times.
To help practitioners gain vast merits and purify huge amounts of negative karma, this Lama Tsongkhapa Day Kechara is also giving away 1,000 sets of traceable Arya Sanghata Sutra books in English and Chinese, gold ink pens and ink refills free of charge after the highly auspicious Lama Chopa prayers.
Date: 23 December 2016 (Friday)
Time: 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Wisdom Hall, Kechara Forest Retreat
5.00pm – 5.30pm: Animal Liberation
6.00pm: Welcome Speech
6.05pm: Body Speech and Mind Offerings
6.10pm: President’s Speech
6.15pm: Dharma Talk
6.30pm: Lama Chopa Prayers
7.30pm: Lighting of butterlamps
7.45pm: Dedication and giving away Sanghata Sutra
8.00pm: Complimentary Vegetarian Dinner
Who is Lama Tsongkhapa?
Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), the patron saint of the Gelug lineage, is widely known for his scholarly prowess, unwaveringly strong Guru Devotion and many great deeds. Of these, the most well-known are:
- Restoration of the Maitreya Statue in Dzingji Temple.
- Revival of the monastic code that was degenerating at that time, with the guidance of Rendawa and Chennga Chokyi Gyalpo.
- Establishment of the Great Monlam Festival in 1409 that continues to this day.
- Construction of Gaden Monastery, the first Gelug monastery in existence.
This great saint led a life of the highest ethics, held his Vinaya vows perfectly and was instrumental in the revival of the Buddha’s teachings that was deteriorating during that period of time. At the age of 63, Lama Tsongkhapa entered into Samadhi meditation, made extensive inner offerings and then stopped his breath. Many witnessed his body transformed to that of a 16-year old with rainbow lights emitting from it. These signs are all hallmarks of an extraordinary being’s parinirvana.
What is the Arya Sanghata Sutra?
The Sanghata Sutra is a direct teaching from Lord Buddha that promises to transform the minds of all who come across it. For centuries, this sacred Sutra was actively recited, copied and translated in India and across central Asia. However, some time after the 10th century, the Sanghata Sutra fell into obscurity. It was eventually rediscovered in the 1930s by villagers living in Gilgit, Pakistan in a buried stupa that housed a collection of Sanskrit manuscripts.
The Benefits of the Arya Sanghata Sutra
Just hearing this Sutra:
- Purifies completely the five heinous crimes.*
- Purifies completely the ten non-virtuous negative karmas.
- Enables one to take a higher rebirth and to meet the Dharma.
Tracing the Sanghata Sutra reaps even more merits as the act of handwriting requires more effort than listening or reading.
Basic Guidelines for Tracing the Sanghata Sutra
- Begin by washing your hands and setting a good motivation
- Prepare a suitable clean, clear and uncluttered space.
- If you wish, you may prepare some offerings to the sutra that you are going to write such as light, incense or flowers.
- Begin tracing the Sanghata Sutra with the gold ink pen provided. Tibetans have a tradition of handwriting sutras with ink mixed with precious substances such as gold, silver and even holy items.
- Upon completion of your writing session, recite a short dedication prayer and put away the items neatly in a clean and high place.
- It is highly recommended to write a little of the Sanghata Sutra each day.
- Upon completion of the entire sutra, you may wish offer cloth/brocade on the text and read a little each day to continue the accumulation of merits.
So join us in celebrating Lama Tsongkhapa Day this coming 23rd December and don’t forget to collect your free copy of the highly beneficial Sanghata Sutra to start generating tremendous merits for yourself and others.
For enquiries, please contact us at 03-7803 3908, 09-222 3880, 012 987 3908 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*Also known as the five actions without break or the five actions of immediate retribution. The five actions are so heavy that they cause one to be immediately reborn in hell. They are:
- killing one’s mother
- killing one’s father
- killing an arhat
- maliciously drawing blood from a Buddha
- creating schism in the Sangha