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Monthly recurring special days for practice

  
   

In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, several days a month are marked as important days for practice. Below, we list the days and practices that are specifically recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to be done in the FPMT.

See also our page on Annual Buddhist Prayer Days.

Calculating using the Tibetan lunar calendar:

Medicine Buddha day
The 8th is a good day or the practices of Medicine Buddha, Tara or Mahakala, also a good day to take the 'Mahayana Precepts for one day'.

Guru Rinpoche day
On the 10th of every (Tibetan) month, a special occasion in the life of Guru Padmasambhava is remembered. Guru Padmasambhava was a teacher from India who played a very important role in introducing Buddhism from India to Tibet. On this day (related to the 'Father Tantras'), people who have received a Highest Yoga Tantra initiation should perform the 'tsog ritual', for example using the Guru Puja text.

Sojong
On the 14th or 15th and the 29th or 30th of every (Tibetan) month, confession ritual for ordained monks and nuns.

Full moon
The 15th of every (Tibetan) month is a powerful day for practice in general, a good day for taking the 'Mahayana Precepts for one day' and Medicine Buddha practice.

Dakini day
On the 25th of every (Tibetan) month, which is related to the 'Mother Tantras', people who have received a Highest Yoga Tantra initiation should perform the 'tsog ritual', for example using the Guru Puja text.

Dharmapala day
The 29th of every (Tibetan) month is a special day for practices f the Dharma Protectors.

New moon
The 30th of every (Tibetan) month is a powerful day for practice in general, een krachtige dag voor beoefening, a good day for taking the 'Mahayana Precepts for one day' and Medicine Buddha practice.


Mahayana Precepts for one day

It is possible to take eight precepts (vows) for one day, for the benefit of all sentient beings. This set of precepts means to refrain from:

  • Killing (also animals)
  • Stealing
  • All sexual conduct
  • Lying
  • Intoxicating substances (alcohol, recreational drugs, cigarettes etc.)
  • Using thrones or special beds
  • Singing, dancing or wearing ornaments like jewellery
  • Eating after noon time (usually only one meal, before noon)

The first time, one needs to take these precepts from a qualified teacher, only after that, one can take these precepts by oneself.

 

 

 

 

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