Saga Dawa 2017 (May 26 – June 24)

Events for the holy month of

Saga Dawa

May 26 – June 24, 2017


Orgyen Chö Dzong

Greenville, New York 12083


Dorje Sempa Empowerment


Thursday June 1st – 2pm

Birth of the Buddha – Shakyamuni Tsok


Sunday June 4th – 2pm

Guru Rinpoche Tsok


Friday June 9th – 10am-12pm; 2pm-5pm

Saga Dawa Düchen: Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Shakyamuni Buddha


Saturday June 10th – 2 – 5pm

Dorje Sempa Empowerment


Monday June 19th – 2pm

Dakini Tsok


Friday June 23th – 2pm

Intensive Dharmapalas


Message from Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu

This month of Saga Dawa, which is from May 26th to June 24th, 2017 in the Western calendar, is a time when the planets and stars converge to make things especially auspicious. Therefore, it is called the ‘Bumgyur Dawa’ in Tibetan, meaning that positive merits can be multiplied 100,000 times. This is a rare and important period, so please take the opportunity to practice as much as you can during this time.

Releases of animals will be organized at various times during the month. I request all students, friends and those concerned to contribute generously. Your noble action will generate peace and prosperity for yourself and others.  Freeing lives in itself is not enough.  This action must be infused with prayers for the lives of those beings; relics need to be offered to the animals that are being freed in order to purify them, so that at the time of their death they will get a better rebirth; and the dedication must be done for all parent sentient beings.  There is no better time to prepare our karma by adopting such virtues.  This is a preparation for our next life.

During Saga Dawa I recommend students not to eat meat and to concentrate more on their practice of purification and to do as many virtuous deeds as possible.  Of course, remember to dedicate the merit for the benefit of all our parent sentient beings, infinite as space.

Finally here, it would be much appreciated if those who wish to attend inform us as soon as possible so that we can arrange the seating and make all necessary plans. Lunch will be offered at the Centre on Friday June 9th.

With all my blessings,

Dungse Shenphen Dawa  Rinpoche

Transportation & Accommodation

Please let us know if you’d like to attend so we can do our best to help organize accommodation and transportation for this. There will be some availability for people to stay at the center itself, so if you wish to lodge here for any of the events, it is best to inform us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Also, if anyone knows they are coming by car and have any spare seats they could offer others, then again please let us know so we can coordinate this. (OCD contact details below).

Contribute to Tsok Feast Offerings

You are invited to make a contribution towards purchasing offerings for the tsoks. If you are unable to attend, this is a good way to participate in the merit of the practice. Of course, attendees can also contribute. Please send your contribution as soon as possible so that it can be included in the offering on the day.

Click here to contribute to tsok feast offerings at OCD

Request Lamp Offerings

You are also welcome to have lamp offerings made for you at Orgyen Chö Dzong, for any of these auspicious days––or at any time for any purpose you have in mind. Lamps requested by you, are offered on your behalf and dedicated according to your wishes.

Click here to request a lamp offering at OCD

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