The nation observed Lhabab Duechen
Lhabab Duechen is celebrated on the 22nd day of the 9th Lunar month of the Bhutanese calendar. The day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s descent from the realm of heaven to earth on this day.
History has it say that Buddha was born in Lumbini, Nepal and his mother expired after seven days. Therefore, six years after attaining enlightenment at the age of 41, he ascended to Tushita heaven (the Realm of the Divas), which is still part of Samsara (the cycle of birth, death and rebirth) on the 15th day of the 6th month of the Lunar calendar to preach to his mother. He went there to teach his mother so she could break free Samsara because he wanted to repay her kindness towards him.
When he was preaching to his mother along with the Gods and Goddesses in heaven, people on the earth were worried because they did not know where the Buddha was. Then, Buddha’s disciple, the clairvoyant Sharibu, had a vision of the Lord in Heaven.
Following the request of all the devotees, another disciple of Lord Buddha, Maogyel Gebu, who was known to possess miraculous powers, ascended to heaven on the 15th day of the 9th month of the lunar calendar and requested the Buddha to return to earth.
Lord Buddha’s descended to earth on the 22nd day of the 9th month. The Descending Day of Lord Buddha is the celebration of his return to earth from heaven.
People around the Kingdom visited various monasteries, Dzongs and Lhakhangs to observe the day.
Meanwhile His Eminence Lam Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche is pre- siding over a seven day Tsigduen Soeldep (seven line prayer dedicated to Guru Rinpoche) along with Tsigduen Ladrup Tshongkhor at the National Memorial Chorten in Thimphu that started from last Thursday. The seven line prayer, also known as the seven verses of the Vajra (Dorji Tshigduen), is one of the most popular prayers in the Himalayan Buddhist World.
The prayer consists of praise and supplication to Guru Rinpoche in seven lines. The prayer ceremony is being or- ganized by the Tshokey Dorji Foundation, the scared prayer ceremony will conclude with Marmey Moenlam on Wednesday.