The Fifteen Days of Miracles — from the first day of the Tibetan new year (Losar on 16 February 2018) until the fifteenth, Chötrul Düchen (also called Day of Miracles on 1 March 2018) — commemorate the special time when Guru Shakyamuni Buddha showed miraculous powers in order to subdue the Six Founders, who lacked faith in him, and to inspire more faith in his followers. All fifteen days are merit-multiplying days, when the merit of virtuous actions performed on these days is multiplied by 100 million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
Program at Hayagriva Buddhist Centre for Chötrul Düchen on Thu 1 Mar 2018:
- 6.30am Precepts given by Geshe Sonam (eight vows taken for 24 hours with an attitude to benefit others)
- 1pm Set up extensive water bowls and light offerings
- 7.30pm Light Offering followed by a Shakyamuni Buddha Puja
Offering of food, flowers are welcome at the puja.