Saka Dawa es es el día más importante en el Budismo Tibetano, se celebra el nacimiento de Buda, su iluminación y el día en que pasó al parinirvana (dejó este mundo y su cuerpo físico).
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Practice on Buddha Multiplying Days
On Buddha Multiplying Days, karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
- Monlam — Days 1—15 of Month 1: Lord Buddha performed many miracles; the 15th, Chotrul Duchen, is Day of Miracles.
- Saka Dawa — Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (Or, according to Geshe Dakpa et al, only the latter two).
- Chokhor Duchen — Day 4 of Month 6: Lord Buddha’s first teaching.
- Lhabab Duchen — Day 22 of Month 9: Lord Buddha’s actual descent from God Realm of Thirty-three.
Practices specifically recommended by Rinpoche for Buddha Multiplying Days include:
Of course, any other meritorious activities often advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche are also good to do on these days, such as recitation of the Sanghata Sutra, Golden Light Sutra, etc. with extensive dedications. These texts are available on our Sutras page.
As cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic, virtuous actions done on this auspicious day are multiplied one hundred million times.
One’s deeds are considered multiplied during this time, so it is an excellent time to dedicate oneself to all kinds of positive spiritual actions. Many Tibetan Buddhists often give alms to beggars and refrain from eating meat during this holy day.
Honoring Shakyamuni Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death, Saka Dawa is celebrated throughout the entire fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar. Most holy of all is the full moon day of Saka Dawa, the 15th day of the month, which is the date most commonly associated with not only Buddha’s birth but also his enlightenment and parinirvana3. In 2014, the 15th day of the month will fall on June 13.
Some good actions that are commonly taken to accumulate merit during Saka Dawa, specially on the 15th day, are:
- Refraining from eating meat
- Offering donations to monasteries/nunneries, or to individual monks/nuns
- Praying and reciting mantras (such as the refuge prayer, for one example, the om mani padme hung mantra, or the Buddha Shakyamuni mantra)
- Making prostrations around holy sites (Usually around the lingkhor and barkhor)
- Giving money to beggars (Beggars usually line the roads on the 15th day of Saka Dawa, knowing they will receive alms.)
- Lighting butter lamps
- Making pilgrimages to holy places
- Buying all kinds of animals they are going to be killed and releasing them.
- Circumambulating around stupas or other holy places. (Walking clockwise around a holy site while praying or reciting mantras.)
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