Saga Dawa Düchen

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Today (Monday June 4) is Saga Dawa Düchen, which celebrates Buddha Shakyamuni’s enlightenment and parinirvana.

On this day the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. Therefore practice is emphasised.

On his enlightenment at the age of thirty-five in Bodhgaya, the Buddha proclaimed:

Profound peace, natural simplicity,
uncompounded luminosity,
I have found a nectar-like dharma.

This day also marks the anniversary of the Buddhas parinirvana.

When Buddha lay dying in a forest grove in Kushinagara, surrounded by five hundred of his disciples, he said to them with his last breath:

It is in the nature of all things that take
form to dissolve again. Strive with your
whole being to attain perfection.

Lama Amnyi Trulchung Rinpoche

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