November 19, 2019
Lha Bab Düchen occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth Tibetan month. Buddha’s mother Mayadevi was reborn in Indra’s heaven. To repay her kindness and to liberate her, and also to benefit the gods, Buddha spent three months teachings in the realm of the gods. When he was about to return to this world, Indra and Brahma manifested three stairs of 80,000 yojanas each reaching this world in Sankisa. As the Buddha walked down the central one, they accompanied him to his left and right carrying umbrellas to honor him. He descended to earth in Sankisa, which is located in modern Uttar Pradesh, and which is counted among the eight holy places.
The Rime Center will be hosting a special puja to commemorate the Festival of the Descent from Heaven and will be open during the day for you to come in and meditate at your own pace and time limit. The Special Puja will begin at 7:00 pm and will be led by Ven. Geshe Tsewang Thinley.