Barom Kagyu Chodrak Drupju Chuling

Year of the Wood Sheep (2142) 2015
Important Dates

Message from Venerable Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche:

Venerable Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche and Venerable Lama Namsai wish to extend to all students, supporters and friends their best wishes for a very happy New Year 2015 (the Tibetan year of the Wood Sheep 2142).

May you all enjoy excellent health, may your Dharma practice continue to flourish and may your business endeavours succeed. May all obstacles vanish so that you move swiftly along the path to supreme enlightenment. May you all continue to receive showers of blessings of the Triple Jewels.

Calendar and important practice days:

In the Buddhist tradition, certain days are considered especially auspicious for particular Dharma practices. These days can be recurrent either each (Tibetan) month or annually. The information below only serves as general guidelines to important practice dates and it is essential to obtain instructions from a fully qualified teacher.

 

1. Buddha's Days (recurring each Tibetan month): on these days, the effects of positive or negative actions are multiplied 100 times:

          8th Day - Medicine Buddha

        10th Day - Guru Rinpoche

        15th Day - Amitabha Buddha

        30th Day - Shakyamuni Buddha

 

2. Eclipses: On days when Solar and Lunar eclipses fall, the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 10,000 times.

3. Major Buddhist Festivals (Duchens): during the month of Saka Dawa, the 4th Tibetan month (Tue 19/05/2015 to Thu 16/06/2015), the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 10 million times, and therefore Dharma practice is strongly recommended, the killing of animals is not permitted and the eating of black foods such as meat, is generally discouraged.

 

Date

Tibetan

month / day

Practice

Celebration & Commemoration

01-Jan-15

11 / 11

 

New Year's Day 2015

04-Jan-15

11 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon

Anniversary of the 10th Karmapa Choying Dorje

09-Jan-15

11 / 19

 

Anniversary of Taklung Thangpa, the founder of Taklung Kagyu lineage

16-Jan-15

11 / 26

 

Anniversary of the 1st Jamgon Kongtrul, named Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye

20-Jan-15

11 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

27-Jan-15

12 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

29-Jan-15

12 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

February 2015

03-Feb-15

12 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

18-Feb-15

12 / 29

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

19-Feb-15

1 / 1

 

Losar Tibetan New Year. Wood Sheep Year 2142

26-Feb-15

1 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Anniversary of the 6th Karmapa Thongwa Donden

28-Feb-15

1 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

March 2015

04-Mar-15

1 / 14

 

Anniversary of Jetsun Milarepa, (Zhepa Dorje) - the greatest Yogi of Tibet

05-Mar-15

1 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Chotrul Düchen (Day of Miracles), plus anniversaries of Marpa Lotsawa, Garab Dorje & the 7th Karmapa, Chodrak Gyamtso.

Day of Miracles: leaders of 6 main Indian philosophical schools challenged the Buddha to a contest & Buddha Shakyamuni performed miracles for 15 days, completely overwhelming his challengers and thus inspiring people to follow the Dharma.
The full moon day marks the end of 15 days of Miracles

11-Mar-15

1 / 21

 

Anniversaries of the 14th Karmapa Thekchok Dorje and the 1st Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

15-Mar-15

1 / 25

 

Anniversary of the Grand Opening of the Barom Kagyu Temple in Sefton Sydney, Australia

18-Mar-15

1 / 28

 

Anniversary of the 9th Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje

20-Mar-15

1 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha
   New Moon
   Solar eclipse

Positive actions are multiplied by 10,000 times for Solar & Lunar Eclipses

27-Mar-15

2 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

29-Mar-15

2 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

30-Mar-15

2 / 11

 

Anniversary of Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche

April 2015

03-Apr-15

2 / 14

 

Good Friday

04-Apr-15

2 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
   Lunar eclipse

Positive actions are multiplied by 10,000 times for Solar & Lunar Eclipses &
Easter Holy Saturday

05-Apr-15

2 / 16

 

Easter Sunday (Easter Day)

06-Apr-15

2 / 17

 

Easter Monday

15-Apr-15

2 / 26

 

Anniversary of Jetsun Taranata

18-Apr-15

2 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

21-Apr-15

3 / 3

 

Anniversary of the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi

26-Apr-15

3 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

28-Apr-15

3 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

May 2015

03-May-15

3 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Lord Buddha taught the Kalachakra Tantra for the first time

14-May-15

3 / 26

 

Anniversary of the 15th Karmapa, Khakhyap Dorje

18-May-15

3 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

20-May-15

4 / 2

 

Anniversary of Barom Dharma Wangchuk, the founder of Barom Kagyu Lineage

26-May-15

4 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

28-May-15

4 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

June 2015

02-Jun-15

4 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Saka Dawa Düchen (Vaishakha Day): the most sacred Buddhist festival to celebrate the birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni.

At the age of 35 year old, Prince Siddharta Gautama attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree at Bodhgaya

 05-Jun-15

4 / 18

 

Anniversary of Dzogchen Patrul Rinpoche, the author of “The Words of My Perfect Teacher”

16-Jun-15

4 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

24-Jun-15

5 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

26-Jun-15

5 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje’s 30th birthday, internationally celebrated on this day

July 2015

02-Jul-15

5 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

06-Jul-15

5 / 20

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday, internationally celebrated on this day

16-Jul-15

5 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

20-Jul-15

6 / 4

 

Chökhor Düchen: Buddha Sakyamuni taught the 4 Noble Truths (the first Turning the Wheel of the Dharma at Sarnath). On this day, the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 10 million times

24-Jul-15

6 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

26-Jul-15

6 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Anniversary of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) and the birthday of A-Ten Phuntsok Rinpoche, Abbot of Chodrak Khang Nay monastery in Tibet

30-Jul-15

6 / 14

 

Anniversary of the 3rd Karmapa, Rangjung Dorje

31-Jul-15

6 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Anniversary of Gampopa, the Physician of Dagpo & great father of all the Kagyu lineages and author of “The Jewel Ornament of Liberation”

August 2015

14-Aug-15

6 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

22-Aug-15

7 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

25-Aug-15

7 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

27-Aug-15

7 / 13

 

Anniversary of the 11th Karmapa, Yeshe Dorje (actual anniversary is 7/12 but day12 is omitted this Tibetan year, hence the event is celebrated the next day)

29-Aug-15

7 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Anniversaries of the 4th Karmapa Rolpe Dorje and Kunkhyen Pema Karpo, the head of Drukpa Kagyu lineage

September 2015

07-Sep-15

7 / 25

 

Anniversary of Phagmodrupa

13-Sep-15

7 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha
   New Moon
   Partial solar eclipse

Positive actions are multiplied by 10,000 times for Solar & Lunar Eclipses

14-Sep-15

8 / 1

 

Anniversary of the 5th Karmapa Dezhin Shegpa

17-Sep-15

8 / 4

 

Anniversary of the 13th Karmapa Dudul Dorje

21-Sep-15

8 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

23-Sep-15

8 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

28-Sep-15

8 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
   Lunar eclipse

Positive actions are multiplied by 10,000 times for Solar & Lunar Eclipses

October 2015

05-Oct-15

8 / 23

 

Anniversary of the 8th Karmapa Mikyo Dorje

09-Oct-15

8 / 27

 

Anniversary of Gendun Rinpoche

12-Oct-15

8 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

21-Oct-15

9 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

22-Oct-15

9 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

27-Oct-15

9 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

November 2015

03-Nov-15

9 / 22

 

Lha Bab Düchen: Buddha Shakyamuni’s descent from Heaven, at Sankhasa, near Patna.

In order to repay his mother's kindness and to liberate her from Samsara, the Buddha spent 3 months teaching the Dharma in the Heaven of Thirty-Three (Trayastrimsa)

On this day, the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied by 10 million times

04-Nov-15

9 / 23

 

Birthday of Lama Namsai

05-Nov-15

9 / 24

 

Anniversary of the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

11-Nov-15

9 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

19-Nov-15

10 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

21-Nov-15

10 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

25-Nov-15

10 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

December 2015

05-Dec-15

10 / 25

 

Anniversary of Je Tsongkhapa

11-Dec-15

10 / 30

Shakyamuni Buddha

New Moon

Anniversary of the 12th Karmapa Changchub Dorje

14-Dec-15

11 / 3

 

Anniversary of the 1st Karmapa, Dusum Khyenpa, the founder of Karma Kagyu lineage

18-Dec-15

11 / 8

Medicine Buddha

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

20-Dec-15

11 / 10

Guru Rinpoche
   (Padmasambhava)

Positive actions are multiplied by 100 times

24-Dec-15

11 / 14

 

Anniversary of Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen

25-Dec-15

11 / 15

Amitabha Buddha
   Full Moon
 

Christmas Day & Sonam Tenzin Rinpoche's birthday, abbot of Barom Kagyu Chodrak Drupju Chuling, Sydney

26-Dec-15

11 / 16

 

Boxing Day

29-Dec-15

11 / 19

 

Anniversary of Taklung Thangpa, the founder of Taklung Kagyu lineage

31-Dec-15

11 / 21

 

New Year's Eve