SAGA DAWA: During the fourth month of the Lunar calander, on the auspicious occassion of Buddha Purnima popularly known as ‘Saga Dawa’, we observe a great festivity of offerings and prayers during which Gonjang Rinpoche blessedd this day by imparting religious discourse and give empowerment to hundreds of devotees attended in the day for his blessing.
- There are several pivotal events in the Buddha’s life that Buddhists celebrate, including his birth, his enlightenment, his first sermon, and his death and release into nirvana. Saga Dawa means ‘fourth month’, and it is on the 15th day of this month on the Tibetan calendar that Tibetan and Nepalese Buddhists celebrate both his birth and the day when he died and attained Nirvana. Religious observance is influenced and shaped by the culture in which it is practised. During Saga Dawa, people flock to villages and monasteries turning their prayer wheels and singing and dancing. It is also a festival of light, where butter lamps abound. Although picnics are common, as a day of strict Buddhist observance no meat is allowed.
- Saga means “million”; Dawa means “moon”, so this denotes the “million multiplier”’ month. All our activities, whether positive or negative, in each day of this auspicious month will be multiplied a million times. “Düchen” means “great occasion”, and it is said that on this day the effects of actions are multiplied 10 million times.
DROOGPA TSE-SHI: During the sixth month of the lunar calander, the auspicious occassion of commemorating the Buddha’s first turning the wheel of the Dharma, we observe this festival in a traditional way. Religious discourse and talks are organized for the disciple who took part and witness it.
Similarly, other special occassions like ‘Pang Lhasol’ and ‘Lhabab Duchen’, we observe these days with special prayers and offering by worshipping the guardian deity of Sikkim and Buddha Shakya Muni respectively.
The annual puja celebration of ‘Vajra kilay Dubpa’ and ‘Drowa kundrol practice’ – liberation for all living beings of the samsara are observed every year in the month of 9th and 10th.
These prayers or Drubpa are considered to be one of the most important pujas celebrated in our monastery.
Finally, entourage of monks to the holy places like Bodh Gaya, Varanasi, Rajgriha were scheduled every december and Janaury, when thousands of devotees from all over the world gather to take part in the Nyingma International Peace Aspiration Prayer (Nyingma Monlam)
Above all we organize each time, seminars, talks and religious discourse to promote and preserve our spiritual heritage among the future generations to cultivate the moral discipline necessary for training and transfering our mind..