|Lama Tsongkhapa at home with picture|
of Shakyamuni Buddha from Bodhgaya
Happy Saka Dawa! Today is the full moon day which commemorates Lord Shakyamuni Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana. As cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic, virtuous actions and merits done on this day are multiplied 100 million times.
Practices specifically recommended by Rinpoche for Saka Dawa include:
-Taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts
-Doing Nyung Näs
- Performing the Guru Shakyamuni Buddha puja
Any other meritorious activities such as recitation of the Sanghata Sutra, Golden Light Sutra, etc. with extensive dedications, are also good to do on this day.
May all qualified gurus have a long and healthy life.