Question of the Week: How will you celebrate Saka Dawa?

Each week we will ask a question related to Buddhism. Please share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment. We welcome your response to earlier comments, or you can post new ideas. Comments are moderated, please be supportive and respectful of others.

This year Saka Dawa runs from May 25 – June 22. What significance does Saka Dawa have for you? How are you planning on celebrating it (e.g., take the Eight Mahayana precepts, say prayers, do a retreat)?


4 thoughts on “Question of the Week: How will you celebrate Saka Dawa?

  1. Happy Saka Dawa everyone, Sandy and I and two others took the Mahayana precepts this morning at the JTS temple/house here in Charlottesville. I rejoice with my friends at Guhyasamja center and wish we were closer. Will join you at the “Golden light” reading tonight…..Victor

    • Hi Victor and Sandy — Saka Dawa Tashi Delek! A small group met at Lorne and Terry’s house for precepts this morning. In the afternoon at MSTC, Rinpoche continued his commentary on the Wheel of Sharp Weapons followed by lots of sojong prayers. See you at the Six Yogas retreat!

  2. Happy Saka Dawa to all, last year I had the fortune to travel the day of Saka Dawa to a nature trail on Staten Island that has several amazing ponds full of water flowers (the day was sunny and perfect), and there for many hours engaged in Chenrezig practice, afterwards travelling to the Tibetan Museum on Stanten Island. I thought no Saka Dawa in my future could leave such an impression on my mind as the one last year. This year on Saka Dawa I had business to attend to and stoped in a Barnes & Noble for a break, there I picked up a wonderful new book by the Karmapa and opened to a page about praising the Buddha for dispelling all poisons from his mind, the praise was profound and touched me deeply, than I read passages from other dharma books and read over all my notes from Khensur Rinpoche’s teaching on Shantideva from this past Saturday. Besides this I reminded myself on the hour to be particulary mindful of any negativity and contemplate coming and going as being all activity. The passages that I read from the Dharma books were not searched for but were just appropiate for the day and my needs as well. Simple as it was, this Saka Dawa was experienced as a profound aknowledgment that spiritual friends and guides are neither here nor there, but in all coming and going.

    Thank You,
    Lisa L.

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