Saga Dawa – May 31 to June 29

Personal message from Lama Jigmé

Tashi delek!
I wish you all a happy Saga Dawa and I really wish that you all will apply the ten virtuous actions (I hope you remember what they are!) and the ethics that we have been studying for many years in the Wednesday class as much as you can in daily life, and pray for all who are suffering and lost their lives and loved ones during these difficult times. It is a great opportunity to come to the ceremony on August 19-21 2022, because we will be dedicating the merit accumulated during Saga Dawa together, to benefit all sentient beings.

I wish you all the best this month. This means nonviolence, mental peace and to live a life more useful and meaningful.

Tashi delek!
Lama Jigmé Namgyal

Saga Dawa

Saga Dawa, or the fourth month of the Tibetan calendar, starts May 31 and ends on June 29 in 2022. The main days of celebration in 2022 are June 29, the day that the Buddha was born and June 14, when Buddha reached enlightenment and passed away (parinirvana).

Saga Dawa is the most sacred month of the year in Tibetan Buddhism, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and parinirvana (death) of the Buddha and it is believed that all positive and negative actions are multiplied by 100 million as a result.

Therefore Saga Dawa is called the ‘month of merits’ for Tibetan Buddhists. Dawa means ‘month’ and Saga or Saka is the name of a star prominent in the sky during the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar.

Traditionally, the holy day of Saga Dawa is observed through practice, generosity, and the performance of meritorious deeds. So this month is especially dedicated to ‘making merit’. Merit is understood in many ways in Buddhism. We can think of it as the fruits of karma, especially when this brings us closer to enlightenment. The three grounds of meritorious actions are generosity, morality, and meditation, although there are many ways to make merit.

Sojin, the practice of life release, is commonly performed by purchasing animals that are destined to be killed (like worms, crickets or fish), and releasing them into their natural habitat with prayers and positive aspirations. The act of giving this way is believed to extend the practitioner’s lifespan and create positive circumstances.

The lighting of butter lamps is a common devotional practice. The lights are said to banish spiritual darkness as well as visual darkness. Donating lamp oil is another way to make merit, or giving to the poor. Another way to make merit is by not eating meat and not consuming alcohol.

Prayer Gathering for World Peace – 19-21 Aug 2022

Prayer Gathering for World Peace

From 19 to 21 August 2022, Phuntsok Chö Ling will organize a prayer ceremony, or Mönlam, dedicated to world peace. We have recently been facing times of great conflict and volatility. Many people are dying and going through untold suffering due to the war in Ukraine. This war comes right after the Covid pandemic, which is not over yet and which has caused numerous deaths and tremendous upheaval throughout the world. We will dedicate the merit of the prayer ceremony to those who have died, to those who are ill and to those in anguish, so as to alleviate their pain.

The ceremony is held to commemorate the death anniversary of Lama Jigme’s own teacher, Akyong Siddhi Tulku, who was an extraordinary master and yogin of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and a holder of the treasures of the lineage of Dudjom Lingpa. Lama Jigme especially received the phowa teachings from him; these are precious instructions regarding the transference of consciousness for the moment of death. During this prayer gathering, we will also honour two other great Nyingma masters who have recently passed away, Dodrupchen Rinpoche and the Dudjom Yangsi Sangye Pema Shepa.

Gathering to pray and to practise together with a single-minded intention is a cause of great spiritual merit, both for those directly present and for those who participate from afar. Everyone is wholeheartedly invited to join. Whatever our individual cultures, religions or beliefs might be, praying for peace is something that can unite us all in a spirit of compassion and kindness.

You can participate by joining us directly for this unique prayer gathering and/or by making a donation for specific persons (e.g. family members, loved ones, friends) who have passed away or who are facing painful circumstances. Even those who have passed away long ago can still benefit from the merit which we dedicate to them and the positive connection which we thereby establish. By sharing in this aspiration for peace, we can sow the seeds of inner and outer peace in our own and others’ minds.
 

Practical Information

Registration: There will be a limited amount of seats available. Until 6 June PCL and CCT members and friends will have priority in registration
Location: The event can only be attended live in the PCL temple and not online.
Dates and time:
Friday 19/8/2022 12:30 – 18:00,
Saturday 20/8/2022 08:30 – 13:30,
Sunday 21/8/2022 08:30 – 13:30

Register directly here: https://my.phuntsokcholing.org/shop/event?wsID=163

Courses Spring 2022

We are pleased to announce that the registrations for the upcoming courses starting in January are open.

The centre has reopened for classes on Sundays.

Monday and Wednesday courses will be conducted online but with the possibility of being held at the Centre if the participants show interest.

Spring term 2022

CourseTeacherWhen
Beginning the path of meditation (beginner class)Lama JigméSundays: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
starting 1 May
Principles of ethical conduct: How to lead a life of goodnessLama JigméWednesdays: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
starting 18 April
The Twelve Links of Interdependent OriginationLama JigméMondays: 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
starting 20 April
   

Please register online here
We will send you a zoom link to the course(s) for which you registered upon receipt of your transfer.

DROKPA འབྲོག་པ། – A Tribute to the Last of the Tibetan Nomads – Ciné Utopia 22 April

The Centre Culturel Tibétain is happy to announce that it is organizing a special cinema event on Friday, 22 April 2022, in Ciné Utopia.

Drokpa  is a documentary film directed by Yan Chun Su.
Drokpa premiered at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC in October 2016 and it received the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Feature film at the 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of an extended nomadic family whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change.

For more information see here.


Friday 22 April 2022

Venue:  Ciné Utopia – 16, Avenue de la Faïencerie,
L-1510 Luxembourg, Salle 5
Time:    19h15 – 21h00 (doors open at 18h45)
Price:   10 € (cash)
Language:  Tibetan with English subtitles

No registration needed. Tickets can be bought only at the venue itself and we accept only payments in cash.

Part of the profit will go to Golog Support Luxembourg

(Sunday class) Beginning the path of meditation: 27 March – No sanitary restrictions

As the sanitary measures have been lifted in Luxembourg, the Centre is now open for the Sunday course, without restrictions.

There is no need to register for a place and you are all welcome to attend in person.

Contact info@tibetculture.lu for any questions