Namo guru śākyamunaye!
With your great compassion, you embraced this turbulent and degenerate world,
And made five hundred mighty aspirations.
You are as exalted as the white lotus; whoever hears your name shall never return to saṃsāra—
Most compassionate teacher, to you I pay homage!
Supreme teacher, bhagavan, tathāgata, arhat, complete and perfect Buddha, glorious conqueror, Śākyamuni Buddha, to you I pay homage! To you I make offerings! In you I take refuge!
tadyathā oṃ muni muni mahāmunaye svāhā
-Excerpt from Mipham Rinpoché’s The Treasury of Blessings—A Practice of Buddha Shakyamuni
Saga Dawa is the name of the fourth month in the Tibetan lunar calendar. It starts today on May 12 and lasts until June 10, 2021. During this lunar month, we celebrate the birth of the Buddha on May 19, and his enlightenment and parinirvana on May 26—which is called Saga Dawa Düchen. To honor the life of our great teacher, Lord Buddha, I would like to ask you to eat vegetarian food during the month of Saga Dawa.
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