Saka Dawa

The day of Saka Dawa is the recurrence of Enlightenment, the entry into parinirvana and the birth of Buddha Shakyamuni.
It is a special day in which the actions performed have a much "greater" potential in giving the corresponding results. So engaging in positive actions that create happiness, well-being, peace and growth will be of great benefit because the results that will accrue will be considerable, the merits are multiplied.

The same is true for destructive actions that create suffering for ourselves and others and we should therefore try to avoid them.

On the day of Saka Dawa one engages in purification and accumulation of merit practices such as the withdrawal of the Nyu nye, the taking of the eight precepts and in any other practice that inspires us and with which we feel familiar, such as making offerings of light ( candles), flowers, prostrations, sutra readings.

Staying with an altruistic mind in our places of responsibility and sharing in daily life, awareness and generosity will also create a lot of merit and benefit us and others.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Teachings of Saka Dawa

  • Hours from 4:30 to 5:30 in the morning (Italian time)
    On the occasion of the Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni (Saka Dawa), His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give a lecture on Geshe Langri Thangpa's Eight Verses of Training the Mind and conduct the Bodhichitta Generation Ceremony at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India.
    Follow the live stream from home.
    ➡︎ from the website:
    Can't you watch the live?
    ➡︎ The recorded video will be available, after a few hours, on His Holiness's Italian website at:
    ➡︎ and on the Italian YouTube channel:

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Puja with the resident Masters of the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute

  • At 15 pm Puja (Sutra of the 3 Jewels – 12 Acts – Long life of His Holiness). Internal courtyard, next to the secretariat.
    On this particularly auspicious day you are all invited to the Puja, where the Sutra of remembering the 3 Jewels - 12 Actions of the Buddha - the prayer of Long life dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be recited, in the main Meditation hall of the Lama Institute Tsong Khapa, in the presence of the resident Masters of the Institute Ven. Geshe Tenzin Tenphel and Ven. Geshe Jampa Gelek.

Those who wish can make offerings to the Masters and the Sangha and offer incense and / or flowers that will be used during the Puja.

Specific practices recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for the days that multiply the merits

There are four great holy days in the Tibetan Buddhist calendar, each of which celebrates the anniversary when Buddha Shakyamuni performed extraordinarily powerful deeds for the benefit of sentient beings. In these four days, the karmic results of actions are multiplied by 100 million, as taught in the Vinaya text “Treasure of Quotations and Logic”.

Read the practices recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche:



Jun 04 2023


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