Happy Saga Dawa Duchen – Tibetan Buddhism’s holiest day

Saga Dawa is the fourth lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, this year falling between May 29 and June 27. It is the holiest time of the year for Tibetan Buddhists.  The middle of the month, the full moon day, is the most important. On that day the fruits of one’s karma (actions) are said to increase one billion (1,000,000,000) times or more. It is the day that Tibetan Buddhists celebrate the birth, awakening, and death of the Buddha.

That day, known as Saga Dawa Duchen, is today, Friday, June 13, 2014. So it’s very important to do at least a little more good today than bad!

For my part, I have been doing some spring cleaning and putting things aside that would serve others more than me. One early reward for that was finding an old external disk drive where I was happy to discover my lost photos from my Thailand trip in 2012. A couple of those photos are below, along with others that people have remarked on and asked for over the years. Click on them and you should get the high-resolution version which you can download, edit if you wish, print, frame, share, etc. 

Buddha Shakyamuni – Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya, India (fall 2010) This is the Buddha image inside the heart of the temple. I have a 12″x16″ print looking down on me from above my desk now.

 

Tibetan Buddhist Boys awaiting the 17th Karmapa, Bodh Gaya, India. A version of this image was selected for a show by Freedom House Images of Repression and Freedom Auction, 2013.

 

Tibetan Monks at the Bodhi Tree, Mahabodhi Temple, India (2010)

 

Brass Buddha at the Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) (2011)

 

Seated Buddha at Sukhothai, Thailand (2012)

 

Lying Buddha, detail, Sukhothai, Thailand (2012)

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One more – in case the heat of India, Burma, and Thailand isn’t your thing, here’s a snowy winter pic from the Garden of 1000 Buddhas in beautiful Arlee, Montana.

Ewam’s Garden of 1000 Buddhas – Arlee, MT (2012)


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