may, 2021

26may4:00 am8:00 amEvent OverSaga Dawa Duchen - Full Moon Lunar Eclipse - Generating Merit

Event Details

Eclipse days are powerful times to focus on generating merit. On Wednesday, May 26, the lunar eclipse will begin at 2:47 a.m. (1:47 a.m. PDT) and ends at 7:49 a.m. MDT (see timetable below or link here).

Saga Dawa, the fourth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni, the buddha of our time.

On the fifteenth (full moon) day of this fourth month—Saga Dawa Duchen—Saga Dawa is celebrated and merit from wholesome acts is multiplied millions of times. This year, the full moon day falls on Wednesday, May 26.

This period of time is an excellent opportunity to offer our practice, make donations, and engage in other actions that generate merit.

This year’s Saga Dawa Duchen is a particularly special time because a lunar eclipse will occur on that day. This is a very powerful time to practice and accumulate merit.

During a lunar eclipse, the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied ten million times whether or not the eclipse is visible. H.E. Chhoje Tulku Rinpoche reminds us that it is tremendously beneficial to do practice during this time. Rinpoche says,

In short, during eclipses, any kind of positive action brings multitudes of merit and any kind of negative action equally multiplies the same way. So, try not to get lost in negative thoughts, actions, and emotions. Be mindful during this time!”

You can offer your own daily practice during this time, recite mantras–Chhoje Rinpoche specifically mentions Vajrasattva and Vajra Guru mantras–and/or practice meditation to receive the benefit.

If you have the transmissions for the following practices, they are also wonderful to offer during the eclipse times: riwo sangcho, tsok, and your own practices, including the preliminary practices (ngondro) or whichever sadhana practice on which you are working. It is also beneficial to recite Samantabhadra’s Aspiration to Good Actions.

If you are unable to practice, it is extremely beneficial to practice generosity and perform other good deeds during the hours the eclipse is happening.

Chhoje Rinpoche also encourages donations made during this time to the Food Bank of the Rockies. A donation to this organization is potent because they offer four meals for every $1 donated.

Remember the three sacrednesses/noble principles to structure your practice: set your intention (take refuge and arouse bodhicitta) at the beginning of the session, maintain the view during the main part, and dedicate the merit at the end of your session.

PMC will be open for practice from 4:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning. If you’d like to come to practice, please RSVP below.

Best wishes for your practice!

Event UTC Time Time in Denver* Visible in Denver
Penumbral Eclipse begins May 26 at 08:47:39 May 26 at 2:47:39 am Yes
Partial Eclipse begins May 26 at 09:44:58 May 26 at 3:44:58 am Yes
Full Eclipse begins May 26 at 11:11:26 May 26 at 5:11:26 am Yes
Maximum Eclipse May 26 at 11:18:42 May 26 at 5:18:42 am Yes
Full Eclipse ends May 26 at 11:25:54 May 26 at 5:25:54 am Yes
Partial Eclipse ends May 26 at 12:52:23 May 26 at 6:52:23 am No, below the horizon
Penumbral Eclipse ends May 26 at 13:49:44 May 26 at 7:49:44 am No, below the horizon

* The Moon is below the horizon in Denver some of the time, so that part of the eclipse is not visible.


(Wednesday) 4:00 am - 8:00 am


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