november, 2020

30nov12:32 am4:53 amPenumbral Lunar Eclipse - Generating Merit

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

Since PMC is still closed due to COVID-19, 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.

Chhoje Rinpoche also mentions the importance of abstaining from harmful, violent actions on the day of an eclipse, for example being vegetarian for the day (no eggs either), refraining from alcohol and drugs that alter the mind, smoking cigarettes, and instead, offering beneficial acts like donating to a food bank or homeless shelter. The Food Bank of the Rockies offers 4 meals for a $1 donation!

Remember the three sacrednesses/noble principles to structure your practice: set your intention (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.

Best wishes for your practice!

Lunar eclipses can be visible from everywhere on the night side of the Earth, if the sky is clear. From some places, the entire eclipse will be visible, while in other areas the moon will rise or set during the eclipse.

*The moon is above the horizon during this eclipse, so with good weather conditions in Denver, the entire eclipse is visible.


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