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Lhabab Duchen is a Buddhist festival celebrated to observe the Buddha’s descent from the Trāyastriṃśa heaven down to earth, one of The Eight Great Events in the Life of Buddha.
According to legend, the Buddha ascended the Trāyastriṃśa heaven temporarily at the age of 41, in order to give teachings to benefit the gods in that desire realm, and to repay the kindness of his mother by liberating her from Samsara. He was exhorted by his disciple and representative Maudgalyayana to return, and after a long debate and under a full moon agreed to return. He returned to earth a week later by a special triple ladder prepared by Viswakarma, the god of machines.
On Lhabab Duchen, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied ten million times. It is part of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to engage in virtuous activities and prayer on this day. Buddha House offers a full programme to make the most of this special day – see below.
6am Precepts & Practices
2pm Setting up Offerings
4.30pm Sutra Recitation
5.45pm Stupa Circumambulation
6.30pm Extensive Offering Practice
7.15pm Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
Led by Gen Dondrub