Saka Dawa 2019


Monday, June 17, 6:30-9pm

Saka Dawa celebrates the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana (when a buddha passes away and leaves his or her earthly body). On this day, Buddhists around the world engage in many prayers and practices, making extensive offerings to teachers, holy objects, and charitable activities. This holiday is an excellent opportunity for beneficial thoughts, speech, actions, and dedicating ourselves to practice and study.

The karmic results of everything we do on this day are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.

6:30-7:00 pm: Sutra Remembering the Three Jewels and Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas
7:00-7:30 pm: Practices of Arya Sitatapatra
7:30-8:00 pm: Vajrasattva Purification Practice
8:00-9:00 pm: Shakyamuni Buddha Puja

It is traditional and encouraged (but not required) to bring an offering for the altar: fruit, sweets, or flowers, which creates merit.

Since the month of Saka Dawa (June 17–July 14) is an auspicious time to create merit, we invite you to make an offering to help sustain Shantideva Center. Your generosity will help us to keep the doors open, bringing you teachings, meditations, Buddhist classes for all levels, pujas, community events, retreats, and children’s programming, all focused on achieving the highest good and ultimate happiness of all sentient beings. You are welcome to request a dedication. If you would like to practice generosity, please select your donation via registration below.

Please join us for some or all of these events!


Please register below. You may also register at the door.


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