Join us in Prayer for the Earthquake Victims in Nepal
In the wake of the devastating earthquakes that have rocked the city of Kathmandu and north-eastern Nepal, celebrating the Buddhist holy month of Saga Dawa may not seem like a great concern. But for Buddhists across Nepal and around the world, the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, which is known as the ‘month of merit’, can be a time of great energy, efforts, and offerings for us all.
According to Buddhist tradition, the full moon of the fourth month commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and Parinirvana of the historical Buddha. This day, called Saga Dawa Düchen, is the single most important day in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. It is said that on this day one can multiply the merit of positive actions to the power of 100,000. This year Saga Dawa Düchen falls on June 2.
The Chokgyur Lingpa Foundation (CGLF), who has been heavily involved in earthquake relief efforts since the first quake struck on April 25, will be hosting a special event this Saga Dawa Düchen. This special occasion will provide an opportunity to commemorate the dead and uplift the spirits of those who have survived the earthquakes.
On the night of the full moon a candle-light vigil will take place simultaneously at the Great Stupa of Boudhanath, CGLF’s mother monastery of Ka-Nying in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, and in all the mountain villages where monks and nuns from the monastery have been delivering aid. Light offerings will be made and sadhanas and prayers will be recited through the night in memory of those that have passed away and in support of the survivors.
To increase the potency of this event, CGLF would like to invite all students and affiliated centres, groups, and individuals from around the world to partake in the vigil. By offering lights, incense, and prayers on this most auspicious of days, and by dedicating the accumulated merit to the victims and survivors of the Nepali earthquakes, all the sangha, in Nepal and internationally, will be united in prayer and intention.