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SAKA DAWA SCHEDULE JUNE 16 – JUNE 18 2019

(TIBETAN 16/04/2146 – 18/04/2146)

Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery invite you to join us for our annual Saka Dawa Avaloketishvara fasting ritual

June 16

4:30am: Eight Mahayana Precepts followed by start of 1000 Arms Avaloketishvara with extensive prostration and mantra recitation in 3 sessions  4:30am-8am, 9am-11:30am, 2:30pm-4:30pm

June 17 (Full Moon Day and most important) this day is fasting and silence

4:30am: Eight Mahayana Precepts followed by start of 1000 Arms Avaloketishvara with extensive prostration and mantra recitation in 3 sessions    4:30am-8am, 9am-11:30am, 2:30pm-4:30pm

June 18

4:30am: Receiving Blessing of Vase Water and breaking fast with thin porridge followed by conclusion of 1000 Arms Avaloketishvara puja

You are welcome to attend all or any of the sessions but we encourage you to take the vows of the Eight Mahayana Precepts. If you have received before you can do in front of statue or image if unable to attend 4am session. If you have not received precepts before then please inform us and we will arrange for you to receive transmission. Without taking vows fasting is just suffering

Clarification on fasting.  If doing a full fast: Lunch on the 16th will be last meal until breaking fast on the morning of the 18th. Water can be taken on 16th, but no water, food, or talking on the 17th. If you are observing the full moon day fast (17th) you will have only lunch meal on that day; no food, water or talking until breaking fast on morning of the 18th

 

If you would like to join or want more information you can contact us by phone:  +977981018962 for Tibetan or Nepali +9779862277804 for English   

Or email us at sedgyued@gmail.com

What is Saka Dawa ?

Saka Dawa (Dawa means “month” in Tibetan and the term Saka, comes from Tibetan astrology, and the Saka star which is associated with the full moon of the fourth lunar month) is the most sacred of Tibetan Buddhist holidays, We celebrate the birth (actually entry into mother’s womb), enlightenment and parinirvana (word commonly used to refer to nirvana-after-death, which occurs upon the death of the body of someone who has attained nirvana during his or her lifetime) of the Buddha Shakyamuni.
The Saka Dawa month observations begin on the 1st day of the fourth Tibetan month, which in 2019 begins today, June 4th. 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 parinirvana. In 2019, the 15th day of the fourth Tibetan month is June 17th.
The merit of any good deeds that you perform during this month are considered to be multiplied many times over — by as much as one hundred million times — so it is an excellent time to dedicate ourselves to all kinds of spiritually positive actions.
Some good actions that are commonly taken to accumulate merit during Saka Dawa, especially on the 15th day, are:
*Refraining from eating meat
*Offering donations to monasteries or nunneries, or to individual monks or nuns
*Praying and reciting mantras (such as the refuge prayer, the Om Mani Padme Hum mantra, or the Buddha Shakyamuni’s mantra Om Muni Muni Maha Muniye Soha
*Making prostrations around holy sites
*Giving money to beggars
*Lighting butter lamps
*Making pilgrimages to holy places
*Buying all kinds of animals that are going to be killed and releasing them. (Fish, for example)
*Circumambulating around stupas or other holy places. (Basically, this means walking clockwise around a holy site while praying or reciting mantras.)

It is very common to take the eight Mahayana precepts for twenty-four, forty eight or seventy two hours during Saka Dawa, especially on either the full moon day or new moon day – the 15th day or the 30th day of Saka Dawa. The full moon day is considered to be more powerful for the accumulation of merit. Some monks and practitioners choose to observe these precepts for the entire month. The eight Mahayana precepts are:
1. Avoid killing, directly or indirectly
2. Avoid stealing and taking things without the permission of their owner.
3. Avoid sexual contact.
4. Avoid lying and deceiving others.
5. Avoid intoxicants: alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs.
6. Avoid eating more than one meal that day.
7. Avoid sitting on a high, expensive bed or seat with pride. Also avoid sitting on animal skins.
8. Avoid wearing jewelry, perfume, and make-up. Avoid singing, dancing or playing music with attachment.

By refraining from food and drink and taking the suffering of hunger and thirst, we think “by this may I purify all negative created to be born as a hungry ghost and may the karma of those living as hungry ghosts now be swiftly purified.” Some practitioners will not even swallow during this 24 hour period and keep a jar to spit in. We also observe silence and we think “by this may I purify all negative karma of speech that I have created to be born in lower realms, and may the karma of those living in lower realms now be swiftly purified.” We make extensive prostrations this day and think “by this may I purify all negative actions created by body, speech and mind that will cause rebirth in lower realms, and may the karma of those living in lower realms now be swiftly purified.”
Done with good motivation, wishing for liberation for yourselves and others will create vast amounts of merit.
If anyone would like to make offerings during this month the common offering for butterlamps during Saka Dawa is $3.00 for small, $5 for medium, and $10 for very large. Using the donate link below you can include any dedications or special request you would like read during the pujas in the comment box 




 

by Kyabje Daknak Dorje Chang

                                                                             Announcement of Dharma Teachings. 

Due to the humble requests of the generous benefactors of the Teachings, the family of Ama Dolkar la: The Treasure Holder of the instructions of the Gaden Oral tradition, whose kindness to us is greater than all of the Buddhas of the three times, the great master His Holiness Daknak Dorje Chang, will return to Palden Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery’s temple in Nepal for the sake of bestowing dharma teachings and increasing the blessings of the Year of the Earth Pig 2146 (2019).

These Dharma Teachings will begin in the afternoon of February 22nd, 2019, starting with preparations for the empowerment of Chakrasamvara Five Deities, according to the Ghantapa tradition, followed by the actual empowerment.

Next will be the blessing empowerment of Vajrayogini followed by practical instructions on the practice of Vajrayogini drawn from teachings of Master Ngulchu Dharmabhadra.

After these teachings, there will also be an empowerment for the practice of Chod (Cutting Through the Ego), named ‘Opening the Sky Door’, along with the oral transmission of its collected activities.

Then  Rinpoche will bestow the permission empowerment of the combined three aspects of Je Tsongkhapa.

As humble requested by  ShiTse Ama Dolkar la and family Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Long Life Lama Tsongkhapa.

As humble requested by ShiTse Ama Dolkar la and family, Rinpoche will give teaching of Lojong Tseg Gyadma,  Eight Verses of Training the Mind, and White Tara initiation at Nyanang Shedup Gaden Phelgye Ling Monastery.

Upon hearing the sincere requests from those at Segyu Monastery who are seeking to obtain a deep understanding of the profound and holy Dharma, and due to his kindness and care, Daknak Rinpoche has agreed to grant these unsurpassed, profound Dharma Teachings, as well as bestow the vows of Getsul (Novice monk vows) to the new monastery students.

2019 Schedule of Dharma Teachings and Empowerments

Feb.22nd:: Preliminaries for the empowerment of Chakrasamvara Five Deities, according to the Ghantapa tradition,

Feb. 23rd: The actual empowerment of Chakrasamvara Five Deities.

Feb. 24th: Blessing empowerment of Vajrayogini.

Feb. 25th to March of 4th: The practical instructions on the practice of Vajrayogini drawn from teachings of Master Ngulchu Dharmabhadra

March 5th: Rinpoche will bestow the permission empowerment of the combined three aspects of Je Tsongkhapa.

March 6th : Empowerment for the practice of Chod (Cutting Through the Ego), named ‘Opening the Sky Door’,

March7th and 8th: Rinpoche will give Oral transmission of Chod (Cutting Through the Ego), named ‘Opening the Sky Door’, collected activities

March 9th: Break, no teachings that day

March 10th: Continuation of Oral transmission of Chod (Cutting Through the Ego), named ‘Opening the Sky Door’, collected activities

March 11th: Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment of Long Life Lama Tsongkhapa.

March 12th: Rinpoche will give teaching of Lojong TsegGyadma,  Eight Verses of Training the Mind

March13th:  Initiation of White tara at Nyanang Shedup Gaden Phelgye Ling Monastery.

March 14th and 15th: Break, no teachings those days

March 16th : Long Life Offering Puja to Venerable Kyabje Dorje Chang  at Segyu Monastery

March 18th:  Rinpoche will bestow the vows of Getsul (Novice monk vows) to the monastery’s newest students

To all those seeking to obtain a deep understanding of the profound and holy Dharma,

His Holiness Kyabje Daknak Rinpoche will grant these unsurpassed, profound Dharma Teachings

 

 

 

Opening of the Segyu Monastery Sumati D Charitable Cafe and Unique Shop

On Thursday November 22nd, 2018 the Abbot of Segyu Gaden Phodrang Monastery, Khen Rinpoche Jampa Tsundu, officially opened the doors of the monastery’s Sumati D Charitable Cafe and Unique Shop for the first time. Joining us in our opening ceremony were monks from not only Segyu Monastery but also some monks from Shar Gaden Monastery and members of the local community. Led by Abbot Jampa Tsundu, the group performed prayers and blessings to dispel all obstacles and request all things be auspicious for the good fortune and success of the new shop, and for all the guests that we will have the pleasure of serving.

The shop will sell coffee and tea and various Dharma items such as Dharma books in English, CD’s, stick and powdered incense, essential oils, decorative shawls, and other Buddhism-related items, including a few precious antiques. All purchases are offerings that will go directly to monastery for the Health, Education and Well Being of our monks, as well as improvements of the monastery. We offer free WiFi at the shop and street access.

Please stop by if you’re in the area for a coffee, tea, or chat. We look forward to seeing you.

 

Segyu Gaden Phodrang’s Rainy Season Retreat of 2018


Here is the complete schedule for the monastery’s 2018 Rainy Season Retreat. Though this is a monastic activity, throughout history the lay community has always been encouraged to participate by trying to reduce their daily activities and focus on spiritual activities during this time. Today, the local lay community will often attend many of the pujas or offer puja sponsorship.

 

1. July 27th: Rainy Season Retreat begins with Monastic Confession Ceremony
and 17th chapter Guhyasamaja Tantra texts reading
(dpalgsangba ‘duspa’irgyudgzhungle’u 17 rgyudphyi ma bcas)
2. July 29th to August 1st: 13 Deity Yamantaka Intensive Sadhana Session with
Great Consecration Ceremony and Fire Puja Offering.
3. August 2nd to 3rd: Tara Thread Cross Ceremony
(sgrol ma g‐yulmdosgrasgrig dang dngosgzhi’ichogargyas pa).
4. August 4th to 8th: Guhyasamaja Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire
Puja Offering (gsangba ‘duspa’isgrubmchodsbyinsreg).
5. August 9th to 11th: Simhanada Nagas Rite preparation and actual
session
(Sangey dar jebtsunseng gesgra’ikluchog).
6. August 12th to 18th: Heruka Chakrasambara Sand Mandala preparation and
construction.
7. August 19th to 21st: Heruka Chakrasambara Intensive Sadhana Session
with Fire Puja Offering (SDROP CHOD) .
8. August 22nd to 23rd: Reading of 105 Volumes of texts (Kagyur) of Buddha’s
Teachings and reading of 225 volumes of translated commentaries of
Buddha (Tripitaka).
9. August 24rd to 27th: Great examinations of monastery.
10. August 28th to September 2nd: Great Kangso offering to Mahakala,
Kalarupa, Sridevi, and Kubera, etc.
11. Sept 3rd: Death anniversary offerings day of great Master Dhulwa
Zenpa Palden Sangpo
12. September 4th: Preparation day for Vajra Yogini and White Umbrella
Goddess offering pujas.
13. September 5th: Vajra Yogini waxing moon period tenth offering.
14. September 6th to September 8th: White Umbrella Goddess offering for
averting epidemics (gdugs dkar bzlog chen).
15. September 9th : Last day of Rainy Season Retreat Confession
Ceremony and start of monks holiday (dga gdbye) for six days.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR RAINY SEASON RETREAT PUJAS

As always, we try to offer these auspicious opportunities to all of our friends who are not here to accumulate vast merits. Sponsoring pujas or caring for a monastic community is always beneficial, but greatly increased during this retreat season. When you sponsor any part of a puja you can give us your dedications or special prayer request wishes for yourself, your family and/or friends, people who have passed, or any challenge or difficulty you might be facing. These dedications and requests are read during each puja. Though we are always praying for all living beings, this is extremely gratifying for us to be able to extend these opportunities to our friends to be a part of these special events in which the merits are multiplied and strengthen your connection to this precious monastery. Below is a list of ways to sponsor.

If you would like to sponsor any of the following, please send us a message through our CONTACT page:

Tea 2500npr (23.5 USD)
Bread 2500npr (23.5 USD)
Lunch 8000npr (72.5 USD)
One whole day food 10000npr (90.5 USD)
Monks alms 80 monks you may offer as wishes any amount for per monk,
Any amount general pujas offering will grateful
Butter lamp 100npr (1 USD) small 500npr (4.5 USD) large
Robes small 1800npr (16.5 USD) large 3000 (27.5 USD)

SPONSORING SUBSTANCES:
Any of the Fire Pujas 6000npr (55 USD)
13 Deity Yamantaka Intensive Sadhana Session with Great Consecration Ceremony and Fire Puja
Offering. 5000npr (46 USD)
Tara Thread Cross Ceremony (sgrol ma g‐yulmdosgrasgrig dang dngosgzhi’ichogargyas pa).
5000npr (46 USD)
Guhyasamaja Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire Puja Offering (gsangba
‘duspa’isgrubmchodsbyinsreg) 2500 npr (23.5 USD)
Simhanada Nagas Rite preparation and actual session (Sangey dar jebtsun seng gesgra’ikluchog)
2000 npr (18 USD)
Heruka Chakrasambara Intensive Sadhana Session with Fire Puja Offering (Drup Cho)
5000npr (46 USD)
Great Kangso offering to Mahakala, Kalarupa, Sridevi, and Kubera, etc. 5000npr (46 USD)
Death anniversary offerings day of great Master Dhulwa Zenpa Palden Sangpo 3000npr (27.5
USD)
Vajra Yogini waxing moon period tenth offering.2500npr (23.5 USD)
White Umbrella Goddess offering for averting epidemics (Dukkar Lok Chen) 5000npr (46
USD)