Tsog offering days

Every month there are two days, the 10th and the 25th, which are especially important for practitioners of Highest Yoga Tantra in general, and Heruka and Vajrayogini in particular, to make tsog offerings. The Vajrayana Center normally organizes the pujha Offering to the Spiritual Guide with tsog offering on the 10th and 25th of each month. Check the schedule on the calendar.

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Month of Heruka and Vajrayogini

The month of January, especially from the 3rd to the 31st, is a very powerful time for Heruka and Vajrayogini practitioners to make offerings and hold a retreat.

The tsog days of that month are particularly special. The first, January 10, is a special Vajrayogini day, and the second, January 25, is a special Heruka day. It is particularly important to make special offerings on those two days.

The day of the NKT

The first Saturday of April commemorates the founding of the NKT-IKBU by Venerable Geshe Kelsang in 1991. On this day special celebrations, pujhas, and prayers are recited so that the Kadam Dharma spreads throughout the world and that all sentient beings quickly find permanent inner peace.

Above all, we remember Venerable Geshe Kelsang's extraordinary kindness in founding the NKT-IKBU and pray that he stays with us for a long time.

  • Next NKT day: April 2.
Buddha Enlightenment Day

April 15 marks the day Shakyamuni Buddha showed how to attain enlightenment in 589 BC.

This is a very important day in the Buddhist calendar because our actions are 100.000 times more powerful than any other day.

This event is celebrated with special purification and fasting retreats at Kadampa Buddhist centers around the world based on the Dropping Essence of Nectar practice.

Dharma Wheel Turning Day

On June 4, forty-nine days after Shakyamuni Buddha showed how to attain enlightenment, he received requests to teach. Moved by compassion for him, he gave his first teaching in the deer park. This day also marks the birthday of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, founder and spiritual director of the New Kadampa Tradition.

  • May the wheel of Dharma always turn for all sentient beings!
Buddha's Return Day from the Land of the Thirty-Three Heavens

“On September 22, we celebrate the day Buddha returned from the realm of the gods known as the Land of the Thirty-Three Heavens, a realm he visited when his mother was reborn there.

Every year, during the summer months, the Buddha went on a three-month retreat with his disciples. They chose this time especially so as not to harm insects and other animals.

If we go outside during the summer months, we will kill more insects and other animals than at other times of the year. The nature of the Buddhadharma is compassion, an impartial compassion directed not only towards human beings, but towards all sentient beings, including animals.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

  • The virtuous actions that we carry out during this day will multiply our merits!
The day of Je Tsongkhapa

On October 25 we remember the great kindness of Je Tsongkhapa.

To benefit his future followers, he appeared as an ordinary being just like Buddha Shakyamuni. He was seemingly reborn as an ordinary human being, ordained a monk, trained in meditation practice, and showed how to attain enlightenment.

  • May Je Tsongkhapa's holy Dharma spread throughout the world to benefit countless sentient beings!
international day of temples

On the first Saturday of November all Kadampa centers around the world celebrate the International Temple Project. Special events are organized to raise funds for the project, prayers are recited for the success and dissemination of the project, and the project is dedicated for peace in the world.

“According to the Buddhist view, especially the Mahayana, a temple is a representation of the Buddha's pure land. Buddha statues or images are representations of the Buddha's body, stupas are representations of his mind, and Dharma books are representations of his speech. These are precious sacred objects. This is why I recommend building temples as one of the best ways to benefit all sentient beings. Anyone who sees a temple or an image of the Buddha will receive the blessings of the Buddha.”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso.

  • Participating in the International Temples Project is the best way to benefit others.