Sunday, March 12, 2017 is the full moon of first Tibetan month known as Festival of Miracles (Chotrul Dhuchin) and is one of the four great occasions in Buddha’s life.
When Buddha was in his 40s, the leaders of India’s six main (non Buddhist) philosophical schools led by Purnakasyapa had challenged the Buddha to a contest of miraculous powers. Buddha agreed, only because he saw how in the future the root of virtue would arise in many beings as a result.
Thousands of followers of the six tirthika teachers adopted the Buddha dharma after that and later became arhats.
In Tibet the whole month is known as Bhumgyur Dhuchen as the effects of positive (or negative) actions are multiplied ten million times during the month and 100 million times on the full moon & new moon days.
In keeping with this tradition Geshe la will lead us in celebrating this great day on March 12th as follows:
10:00am – Mahayana precepts
10:30am – Bodhicitta vows
12:00pm – Lunch (Vegetarian potluck)
2:00pm – Tsog Offering
If you are taking the Mahayana precepts, please do not eat any meat or eggs.