Celebrating Lhabab Duchen 2017
Join us on November 10th, 2017, to celebrate the holiday that commemorates the return of Shakyamuni Buddha from the Heavenly Realm of the Thirty-Three Gods.
The Gampopa Center of Annapolis (map)
Friday, November 10th, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
On November 10th, 2017, we will celebrate Lhabab Duchen, which commemorates the return of Shakyamuni Buddha from the Tushita Heaven, also known as the Realm of the Thirty-Three Gods. In order to repay the kindness of his beloved mother, the Buddha traveled to the Tushita realm, where she was reborn after her death years earlier. Once there, the Buddha gave many Dharma teachings to his mother, as well as the other various gods and deities who resided there.
After many years, Maudgalyayana - one of the Buddha's greatest disciples - implored him to return in order to benefit all sentient beings on Earth. The Buddha agreed, and descended on a ladder of lapis lazuli, gold and crystal, constructed by the gods Brahma and Indra.
We celebrate this holiday to rejoice in the return of the Buddha, and to practice the Dharma, which he continued to teach upon his return to Earth. Light refreshments will be served.
Hope to see you there!