Offerings for Saga Dawa Düchen

Wednesday 26th May is the auspicious day of Saga Dawa Duchen in the Tibetan calendar. The special month of Saga Dawa culminates on the full moon and celebrates the Buddha’s Enlightenment and his parinirvana. On this special day it is said that positive and negative actions are magnified ten million times. It’s also lunar eclipse which is also said to magnify the punya from our practice! Continue reading Offerings for Saga Dawa Düchen

unrecognizable pilgrims touching prayer wheels in ancient temple in nepal

What Does Accumulating ‘Merit’ Mean? Understanding Punya & that we are punya itself

Punya is rather misleadingly translated as merit but since punya belongs to us, it is our personal wealth and power, which we can give away for the benefit of others. In order to give to others in a way that will truly benefit them, we have to think about what is the most effective way of using our punya… Continue reading What Does Accumulating ‘Merit’ Mean? Understanding Punya & that we are punya itself

The Power of Goodness & Giving: Buddhist Practice at Christmas

  How can we align with our Buddhist practice over the Christmas period? In the extract below from Lama Shenpen’s book ‘The Mayayana Feast Offering‘ we can see how we might approach Christmas as we would the feast practice with the sharing of food, and as an opportunity to practice Dana (generosity/giving) and generating Punya (the power of goodness) which can be dedicated for the … Continue reading The Power of Goodness & Giving: Buddhist Practice at Christmas