Saka Dawa 2018

Saka Dawa is the holiest day of the year according to the Tibetan calendar. It celebrates the Buddha’s birth, passing, and para-nirvana. This year it takes place on May 29. Suggested practices include: Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends offering a complete recitation of the Sutra of Golden Light (resources available here). Taking the Eight Mahayana precepts […]

How to learn the Confession of Downfalls practice

One of the fundamental practices in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition is the powerful purification practice called the Confession of Downfalls (sometimes translated as the Confession to the 35 Buddhas or the Practice of Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas to name a few). The practice involves taking refuge, visualizing the 35 Buddhas, chanting their names […]

Nyungne at DNKL weekend of June 9 2017

One of the best practices that we can offer during Saka Dawa is nyungne. The nyungne practice is considered to be the most powerful form of purification. Doing a single retreat purifies the negativity of forty thousand eons. If you complete the practice, you will never be born in the lower realms. And as a […]

How to offer prostrations

Here is Geshe Tenzin Tenphel’s detailed description of how to do prostrations: It is not absolutely necessary to perform physical prostrations. If you can’t do them, you can generate faith in your mind, but if you do them, you should ensure that you do them properly. The palms should be put together with the thumbs tucked inwards. […]

Medicine Buddha Puja Recording With Sera Mey Khensur Rinpoche

Here’s a video of Sera Mey Khensur Rinpoche Ngawang Jordan chanting the Medicine Buddha puja in Tibetan at the Guhyasamaja Center. His chant master has a beautiful voice and he sang very slowly and carefully. He led our group in an extended mantra recitation. This was an informal, intimate gathering of friends and a small […]