Na­tion ob­serves Lord Bud­dha’s Parinir­vana

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Lhakpa Tsh­er­ing

Thou­sands of devo­tees in­clud­ing tourists across the na­tion of­fered prayers and but­ter lamps in Lhakhangs and Goendeys to ob­serve Lord Bud­dha’s Parinir­vana, Duechen Nga Zom, on 9 June.

Bud­dhist prac­ti­tion­ers around the coun­try were en­gaged in many aus­pi­cious and merit-mak­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as per­son­ally de­vot­ing one­self to the path and mak­ing ex­ten­sive of­fer­ings.

Re­li­gious prac­tices such as vis­it­ing monas­ter­ies, turn­ing prayer wheels and mak­ing of­fer­ings are be­lieved to dou­ble spir­i­tual merit on this day.

In Thim­phu, res­i­dents vis­ited monas­ter­ies and tem­ples, in­clud­ing the Tango monastery and Chari, Changangkha Lhakhang, Jig­me­nang Nide Rabten­ling Mone­tary and Sim­tokha Dzong.

Other re­li­gious sites like Na­tional Me­mo­rial Choe- ten were packed with peo­ple who came to of­fer prayers, but­ter lamps and visit the Royal Bhutan Flower Ex­hi­bi­tion, which ends to­day.

In Paro, de­votes in­clud­ing tourists vis­ited Kichu lhakhag, Rin­pung and Druk­gyel Dzong and Tak­t­sang.

The prayer cer­e­monies were also held to pay trib­ute to Lord Bud­dha. Apart from vis­it­ing monas­ter­ies, chort­ens, holy places, re­li­gious sites, peo­ple also of­fered prayers and but­ter lamps in hon­our of Lord Bud­dha.

His Ho­li­ness the Je Khenpo, Trulku Jigme Ch­hoeda ap­pointed Trulku Thin­ley, 41, as the Zhung Drat­sang’s new Yon­ten Lopen while the Chief Jus­tice Tsheirng Wangchuk in­au­gu­rated the royal court of jus­tice in Wang­due.

Some de­votes of­fered a Lord Bud­dha’s statue to Lhakhang to mark the aus­pi­cious day for the con­tri­bu­tions of Bud­dha by far, un­par­al­leled in the his­tory.

Duechen Nga Zom is one of the most aus­pi­cious days for Bud­dhists all over the world. It is a day that the Bud­dha was con­ceived, born, sub­dued evil, gained en­light­en­ment and at­tained Nir­vana.

The month is con­sid­ered Saga Dawa, in Bhutan, which is the cel- ebra­tion of Lord Bud­dha’s birth, en­light­en­ment and Parinir­vana. Bhutan bans im­port and sale of meat dur­ing this holy month.

Duechen Nga Zom is ob­served on the fif­teenth day of the fourth month in the Bhutanese cal­en­dar which this year falls on 9 May.

Among many great deeds of the his­tor­i­cal Bud­dha Shakya­muni recorded, there are twelve most im­por­tant deeds, most fa­mous among which five are in­cluded in the Parinir­vana.

His birth at Lumbini, vic­tory over the leader of Maras, Papiyan, at­tain­ment of en­light­en­ment un­der the Bodhi tree, his first ser­mon at Deer Park and en­ter­ing Parinir­vana at Kushi­na­gar are ob­served on the day.

Lord Bud­dha is revered as one of the three most im­por­tant re­li­gious per­son­al­i­ties in Bud­dhism in Bhutan, other two be­ing Guru Rin­poche and Zhab­drung Ngawang Nam­gyel.

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