Saka Dawa (A Month Honoring the Buddha’s Life)
Saka Dawa, is one of the most sacred of Buddhist holidays, when we celebrate the birth, enlightenment and death (parinirvana) of the Buddha Shakyamuni1.
The merit of any good deeds that you perform during this month are considered to be multiplied many times over — by as much as one hundred million times 2 — so it is an excellent time to dedicate ourselves to all kinds of spiritually positive actions.
The Saka Dawa observations take place in the fourth Tibetan month, which in 2016 begins on May 7 and ends on June 5. Most holy of all is the full moon day of Saka Dawa, the 15th day of the month (2016), which is the date most commonly associated with not only Buddha’s birth but also his enlightenment and parinirvana3. In 2016, the 15th day of the month will fall on May 21. In 2017 Saka Dawa will occur between May 26 – June 24 (full moon on June 21)
At DNKL we have two special events annually to celebrate Saka Dawa: Annual Animal Blessing and the Fasting Retreat (Nyung Ne)